#3 | Zaca Mesa Winery - Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, 2014.

Overview: Zaca Mesa - Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, 2014. Drank during the summer of 2018, Paired with dinner, enjoyed with my fiancée.


Producer: Zaca Mesa Winery
Country: USA
Region: Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Vintage: 2014
Avg. Cost: $19.99


Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Look: Upon inspection, the wine had a very dark purple hue, with softer maroon tones on the edges. Opaque. Medium viscosity.


Smell: Heavy scents of peppercorn and black fruits on the nose.  Slightly musky smell at first, which disappeared after running it through an aerator.


Taste: Peppery taste at first, followed by subtle notes of blackberry and jammy/plum tastes. Medium-light grip on tongue. Acidity balanced well, not too dry, not sweet. Well structured. 


Conclusion: Pretty kickin' Cali Syrah for $20. California isn't known for its Syrahs...yet. Still would have reached for the Australian Syrah had I not been cash-strapped...but all in all, not a bad way to spend $20. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either.


Occasion: Drank on a summer night in June while having dinner with my fiancée, paired with kimchi and grilled skirt steak and jalapenos.