Saturday, November 27, 2010
Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2006 Wine Review (NW)
Very peppery nose with rich plum and berry aromas
Full bodied and richly textured
Long finish with dark berries, mocha, sweet spice, and pepper layers
This is a very good Syrah with a lot going on. While there's a big peppery explosion on the front, there's plenty of rich fruit to round it out.
The Santa Ynez Valley in California is situated just North of Santa Barbara. If you're interested in Syrah, get to know this area. The Syrah made here can be out of this world. I paid $20 for this wine and bought a half case. The first bottle paired perfectly with a friend's homemade buffalo chicken mac'n cheese. Raise a glass!