Red Wine 2010 2011 2012 2013  2014 
Syrah
Silver SFCWC
88 PTS WE 87 PTS WA
88 PTS AG
88 PTS W&S
88 PTS WE
89 PTS CG
 
Z Cuvee 88 PTS WS
89 PTS CG
 
Mesa Reserve Not Submitted 91 PTS WE
87 PTS WA
89 PTS WA
92 PTS CG
 
Z Three 91 PTS WE 88 PTS AG
 
Black Bear 91 PTS WE
91 PTS CG
93 PTS WE
90 PTS WA
91 PTS CG
 
Grenache  Not Submitted 90 PTS W&S  
Eight Barrel Not Submitted Not Submitted 89 PTS WA
91 PTS CG
91 PTS W&S
 
Cabernet 
Sauvignon 
 Not Produced
Not Produced  Not Produced  92 PTS WE   
 Pinot Noir Not Produced Not Produced Not Produced 90 PTS WE  
 Amphora Not Produced  Not Produced Not Produced Not Produced   91 PTS WA 
Chapel G Not Produced 92 PTS WE
88 PTS WA
91 PTS AG
90 PTS CG
 


White Wine 2012 2013 2014 2015
Viognier
Chardonnay Not Submitted. 91 PTS WE



Grenache Blanc 87 PTS CG



Z Blanc

Z Gris Rosé 87 PTS CG
90 PTS WE
88 PTS WE

87 PTS WE

Roussanne   88 PTS CG  88 PTS WA
88 PTS AG
91 PTS WE
   



Red Wine

2009 Black Bear Block Syrah 89 PTS CG
"In the usual Zaca Mesa style for this wine, it is bold, rich and intensely spicy in a solidly varietal way with deep blackberry fruit and just a touch of a roti edge set against toasty oak and hints of clove and black pepper. Full in body, supple to begin, then firming up across the palate from the combination of vital acidity and youthful tannin, it delivers insistently blackberry character laced with spice and roast beef notes. So tasty as to tempt early enjoyment, it seems sure to improve for a half decade in the bottle." –89 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, July 2013

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2009 Black Bear Block Syrah 92 PTS WS
"Delivers a pure, rich, spicy mix of peppery wild berry, cedar, dried herb and underbrush flavors, firming nicely on the long, full finish. Drink now through 2022. 367 cases made." –J - 92 points, Wine Spectator, March 2013

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2009 Black Bear Block Syrah 96 PTS WE
"If the first duty of a wine is to be delicious, this tiny production bottling succeeds beyond all measure. The Black Bear Block is almost always Zaca Mesa’s best Syrah among its many releases, and so it is again in 2009. Take one sip and you’re dazzled by the refined tannins, dryness and complexity of flavors: blackberry, cassis, plum sauce, mocha, bacon, smoky oak, white pepper, chamomile tea and licorice. What’s harder to express is the sheer pleasure of the mouthfeel. This is an exciting Syrah, and may just be at the beginning of a long journey. Drink now and for many years as it slowly changes." –96 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

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2009 Eight Barrel Syrah 92 PTS WE
"There’s a soft voluptuousness to this Syrah that makes it instantly drinkable. It’s intense in blackberry, cassis, mocha and grilled prosciutto notes, with lots of new French-oak influence adding toast, vanilla and caramel flavors. As sweet as it tastes, it finishes dry, long and spicy." –92 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

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2009 Eight Barrel Syrah 92 PTS WS
"Tight and snappy, with a loamy earth edge to the vivid wild berry and blackberry flavors. Ends with a mix of refreshing fruit and mineral. Drink now through 2020. 392 cases made." –JL - 92 points, Wine Spectator, March 2013

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2009 Grenache 89 pts CG
"Nicely concentrated and youthfully lively strawberry-scented fruit starts this wine's aromas off in an inviting direction, and light oak accents add in an attractive touch of richness. Supple in feel and slightly rounded at entry, the wine repeats its nicely energetic, centered fruit and stays relatively light on its feet despite obvious ripeness that heats up the finish." –89 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, July 2012

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2009 Mesa Reserve Syrah 88 PTS CG
"Wonderfully fruity in its delivery of outgoing berryish scents that tilt to blackberry while also hinting at ripe boysenberry, all nicely filled out by creamy, slightly smoky oak notes, the wine is full in body and so well-balanced that it keeps things more energetic than big and bold. It does have a generous dose of gritty tannins to lose at this point-and it comes with the depth and vitality to find a softer stance over time. Three to five years in bottle would seem about right." –88 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, July 2013

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2009 Mesa Reserve Syrah 92 PTS WS
"Fresh, snappy and vivid, this red zeros in on a tightly focused beam of wild berry and raspberry flavors, ending with a mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 696 cases made." –JL - 92 points, Wine Spectator, March 2013

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2009 Mesa Reserve Syrah 93 pts WE
"This is consistently one of Zaca Mesa’s best Syrahs of several bottlings they produce every vintage. The mildly cool year was kind to the fruit, giving controlled blackberry and black currant flavors that are wrapped in refined tannins. The wine finishes with a swirl of smoke and peppery spice, plus a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Drink now–2015." –93 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

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2009 Syrah 88 PTS
"Marked by complex, dense flavors of blackberry, wild berry, mineral, dried herb and sage.  Full-bodied, with a dry, spicy, lingering finish.  Drink now through 2017." –JL 88 points, Wine Spectator, March 31, 2012.

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2009 Syrah 90 PTS DM
"Ripe and meaty red-fruited nose. Soft and rounded, juicy and forward, yet has some acidic bite and lift. Not much depth but fresh and long." –Stephen Brook, 90 Points (17), Decanter Magazine, February 2014.

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2009 Syrah 91 PTS WE
"This is soft, smooth and refined, with rich, complex blackberry, cassis, bacon, pepper and smoky cedar flavors. Good as it is, it will develop bottle complexities over the next eight years. Almost as good as Zaca Mesa's more expensive Syrahs." —S.H. 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2013.

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2009 Z Cuvée 90 PTS WE
"The best of Zaca Mesa's G-S-Ms, this is based on Grenache and Mourvedre, with a drop of Syrah. It is softly delicious, with cherry pie, mocha and spice flavors, plus a hint of sweet-tasting, toasty oak. Drink now." –S.H 90 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2013

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2010 Black Bear Block Syrah 91 PTS WE
"Coming from the first block of Syrah ever planted in Santa Barbara County, this offers delicate aromas of cedar, leather and sour cherry. It tends toward the more sour end of the varietal’s spectrum, perhaps due to the vine age, with plum skins, fig, menthol and root beer flavors." –91 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2015

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2010 Grenache 87 pts WS
"Offers an appealingly savory dried berry edge, with a dash of spice and tar. Medium-bodied, ending with a complex finish. Drink now. 397 cases made." –JL 87 points, Wine Spectator, Web only - 2012

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2010 Grenache 88 PTS WE
"A little one-dimensional but still delicious, this has wave after wave of ripe cherry-pie flavor. Smoky, sweet oak brings an alluring vanilla note, and the mouthfeel is soft and silky. Try pairing this with beef tartare." –88 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

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2010 Syrah 87 PTS CG
"It may not be the deepest or most serious Syrah to be had, but this very accessible wine wins endorsement for its available fruit and overall affability. It is ripe and rounded and fairly supple in feel, and it keeps ripe berries in sight at all times. It makes a smooth passage over the palate, and even if finished with a slight tannic pucker, it is not a wine that demands a long stay in the cellar." —Olken. 87 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2014.

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2010 Syrah 88 PTS WS
"Appealing, with wild-berry and toasted herb aromas and zesty, well-layered flavors of plum, roasted anise and pepper. Drink now through 2021." –T.F. 88 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine, Web-Only 2015.

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2010 Syrah 92 PTS WE
"The first winery to plant Syrah in the county continues to produce powerful but layered expressions. This delivers rich aromas of cherry, stewed plum and blackberry alongside sage and a wisp of vanilla. On the palate, it starts rich, until bright acidity and tannins bring balance amidst mocha and blackberry jam flavors and an oak-powered vanilla finish." —M.K. 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Feb. 2015.

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2010 Z Cuvée 88 PTS CG

"With a nice sense of berryish fruit leading the way and hardwood kiss of richness helping out, this wine is attractive in aroma and also in supple-textured flavors. It firms up at the back without giving up anything to dryness, and while it can age a little, it does not demand cellar time."  

–88 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, July 2013

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2010 Z Cuvée 91 PTS WE
"The exciting range of aromas include the rose petal lift of Grenache and a citrusy mix of grapefruit and grenadine, as well as iron, whole peppercorns and Dr. Pepper soda. It's quite smooth once sipped, with tart cranberry-orange fruit and noticeable tannins. Cellar Selection."  –91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Oct. 2014

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2010 Z Three 87 PTS WS
"A rustic version, with dried berry, savory dried herb, cedar and loamy earth notes. This is well-suited for hearty winter fare. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now through 2021. 983 cases made." –JL - 87 points, Wine Spectator, Web only - 2014

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2010 Z Three 90 pts CG
"Here is a rich and generously filled wine that from start to finish conveys insistent impressions of fruity substance and depth, and it is a complete and singular piece of its own that, as is the case with the better Rhône blends, is a very well-meshed combination of pieces. It is rife with blackberries and long on sweet spice, and, while it is sure to tempt near-term drinking with braised meats and sundry savory stews, it can safely sit for awhile in the cellar and should gain more richness yet." –90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2014

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2010 Z Three 92 PTS WE
"A gorgeous wine, showing precision and control. There’s perfect balance between the lush, sweet black currant, cola, leather and sandalwood flavors, fine tannins, brisk acidity and smoky oak, as well as an underlying minerality that lends structure and context. The blend is Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. This is one of the best Z Threes ever. Drink now–2016." –92 points, Wine Enthusiast, December 2013

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2011 Black Bear Block Syrah 89 pts CG
"Long on straightforward, ripe blackberry fruit with adjuncts of caramelized, roasted meats and a rich, very obvious sweetening presence of oak, this year's Black Bear Block bottling is an explicit and comparatively accessible Syrah that is a little more forward, easy-to-taste offering than past versions have been. It is full, nicely balanced and sports no more than a modicum of unthreatening tannin, and it should round into fine drinking shape with but two or three years of age." –89 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2015

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2011 Black Bear Block Syrah 89 PTS WS
"A big, beefy red, featuring bold aromas of spicy smoked meat and blackberry, with full-bodied flavors of dark plum, sage and cedar. The tannins firm up the finish. Best from 2017 through 2023. 364 cases made." –TF 89 points, Wine Spectator, 2015 Web only

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2011 CHAPEL G SYRAH 89 PTS WE
"Browned butter, cinnamon-like spices and blackberry pie frame this Syrah from an estate vineyard owned of Zaca Mesa, the first winery to plant the grape in Santa Barbara County. There is more brown spice and blackberry on the palate, which is couched in an appealing tannic structure that smooths out as you drink it." –89 points, Wine Enthusiast, September 2014

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2011 Chapel G Syrah 92 PTS CG
"Its youth keeps this one a touch on the simple side at first sniff, but, with airing, it opens up and reveals spicy, gamy and meaty nuances that promise to gain in prominence over time. And time is exactly what this wine needs. It is polished yet tight in feel, full of character and nicely balanced in a way that its ripeness never pushes fruit or vitality from center stage, and its continuity from front to back suggests a level of early drinkability that should be shunned lest its best years be missed. We would put this one in the cellar for at least five years." –92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2014

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah 88 pts WS
"Aromas of smoky plum and grilled herb give over to concentrated, focused flavors of dried sage, currant and tobacco. Drink now through 2023. 1,026 cases made." –TF 88 points, Wine Spectator, Web only - 2015

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah 90 PT W&S

"Grown mostly in younger, closely spaced blocks on the Zaca MEsa estate, this is plush and generous, its mass of purple, plummy fruit given some focus by black tannins that carry scents of smoke, creosote and peppercorn into the finish. Its rich flavors expand on that structure, wwarmed by alcohol and cooled by ample acidity. Decant this for grilled lamb chops." - Wine & Spirits, December 2015

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah 90 PTS WA

"A terrific Syrah in what was undoubtedly California's most difficult vintage in the past decade, the 2011 Syrah Mesa Reserve is medium to full-bodied, balanced and nicely concentrated, with lots of cool-climate white pepper, crushed herbs, cedar and sweet blackberry fruit. Aged 21 months in 35% new French oak (completely destemmed), it comes from two block in their estate vineyard and there are just over 1,000 cases available. Drink it anytime over the coming 5-6 years." - Wine Advocate

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah 91 PTS CG
"Leading with lots of peppery, raspberry-like fruit in the nose and gradually picking up hints of black olives, chocolate and no small measure of sweet oak, the Mesa Reserve follows with deep and expansive flavors that show both great fruity presence and very fine composition. The wine is solid and polished at one and the same time with integral, obtrusive tannins and an exceptionally long, very well-focused finish, and its ongoing impressions of careful crafting make it our first choice of Zaca Mesa's fine bunch of new 2011 Syrahs. While its virtues are clearly evident now, it is destined to get even better, and it will continue to grow for a good half-decade or more." –91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2015

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah 92 PTS WE
"In 1978, Zaca Mesa became the first winery to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County, and Winemaker Eric Mohseni keeps pushing the quality. This offers notes of blueberry cobbler, rocks and fresh-turned soil, followed by blue fruit flavors, dark chocolate, leather and slight asphalt." –92 points, Wine Enthusiast, December 2014

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2011 Syrah 87 PTS W&S

"This carries leafy scents of tobacco and cedar bark in a tough, dense structure. Lean game, like venison, to will make it more accessible, bringing out its rich, savory flavors."- 87 points, Wine & Spirits

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2011 Syrah 89 PTS CG

"If arguably a little scaled back in scope and size when compared to its two pricier cellarmates, Zaca Mesa's very bright, basic Syrah hits all of the right varietal marks and does so with fine energy. Its mildly spicy, slightly juicy, very vital berry-like fruit stays the course without once veering to high ripeness, and, if without doubt having the staying power to keep and improve for three or four years, this is a wine that is attractive in its youth. And, it earns a big thumbs-up vote for honest value." –89 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2015

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2011 Syrah 89 PTS WA

"The 2011 Syrah incorporates a tiny splash of Viognier and spent 16 months in 18% new French oak. Its vibrant purple color is followed by classic Syrah characteristics of savory herbs, graphite, dried pepper and darker fruits. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, ripe and with some chewy tannin, it still shines for its pretty, pure fruit and solid overall balance. It's a good value, has lots to like, and is well worth checking out." - Wine Advocate

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2011 Syrah 91 PTS WE

"The pioneering winery's basic Syrah, this is impressively complex and delicious, with aromas of coffee, blueberry, purple flowers, graphite and the slightest touch of beef jerky. The olallieberry-laced palate is pleasantly quaffable and yet dynamic, with clove, leather, pipe tobacco and spearmint elements spicing up the layers of dark fruit."-Kettman. 91 points, Wine Enthusiast

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2011 Z Cuvée 87 PTS CG
"53% Mourvedre; 42% Grenache; 5% Cinsault. Fairly fruity and yet never specific and aromatically suggestive of dark berries and a touch of tea leaf off to the side, this wine reiterates its slightly vague, dark-fruit traits once in the mouth while mustering a fair sense of richness and depth.  It is not so coarse as to preclude near-term drinking, but it is roughed up by just enough finishing tannin to suggest that a few years of waiting is a smart choice." –Olkin. 87 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2015

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2011 Z Cuvée 88 PTS WS
"Racy aromas of dried cherry and smoky herb lead to briary flavors of red plum, cedar and lead pencil. Packs in a lot of personality for the price. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now through 2020. 1,921 cases made." –TF - 88 points, Wine Spectator, July 2015

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2011 Z Cuvée 92 PTS WE
"This blend of 53% Mourvèdre, 42% Grenache and 5% Cinsault mixes up fresh raspberry fruit aromas with mint, light licorice, charred meats, white pepper, lavender and bouquet garni. The palate centers on strawberry and raspberry, balanced by plum-peel tannins and seasoned with sage, anise and chaparral herbs. It’s a very versatile Rhône blend." –92 points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

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2011 Z Three 90 PTS WS

"Appealingly dense and focused. Savory aromas of smoky herb and raspberry lead to zesty flavors of plum, anise and cedar. The tannins are ripe but have a pleasant mineral accent. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now through 2023." - TF, Wine Spectator, Web Only - 2015

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2011 Z Three 92 PTS W&S

"Z Three is a reserve blend that represents the top blocks of syrah, mourvedre and grenache at the Zaca Mesa estate, a series of mesas at the northern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley. That elevation, as well as some additional bottle age, seems to have worked in the advantage of this wine from a cool, wet vintage. It's a ripe, muscular wine that manages to feel fresh, both luscious and mineral, lasting on scents of violets, wood smoke, cassis and bay leaf. For braised lamb." - Wine & Spirits, December 2015

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2012 Black Bear Block Syrah 91 pts CG

"The deepest and most dramatic of the Zaca Mesa contingent, the Black Bear Block Syrah is a sizeable but well-mannered wine whose very keen and wonderfully vital blackberry fruit is joined by lots of varietally specific spice. It is fleshy and firm with plenty of muscle, yet it never toughens or gives up to drying astringency, and it shows terrific finishing length with a sustained impression of potency that signals even better to come for those with the patience to wait for four or five years." - Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2016



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2012 Black Bear Block Syrah 93 PTS WE
"From a 3.5-acre block planted in 1978, which makes it Santa Barbara County’s first Syrah, this bottling shows an intriguing density of flowers on the nose along with a funky compost note, elderberry fruit, pine needles and fresh mint. Cracked peppercorn, dried thyme and rosemary combine for strong herbal intrigue on the palate, spicing up the black plum and blackberry fruit." — Wine Enthusiast, September 2016


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2012 Chapel G Syrah 90 PTS WA

"Coming from a single block that was planted in 2008 and named after a small chapel built on the edge of the property, the 2012 Syrah Chapel G is a beauty that shows the more sunny style of the vintage, especially since it followed the cooler climate '11s. Possessing pretty notes of black raspberries, raspberries, rose petal, lavender and a touch of bay leaf, it's medium-bodied, nicely focused, pure and elegant. The tannin here is a step up over the '11s, and while it offers tons of pleasure now, I suspect it will evolve nicely going forward." - Wine Advocate

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2012 Chapel G Syrah 90 PTS WS

"Refined and well-focused, showing dusty raspberry and sweet anise aromas and layered flavors of cherry, orange zest and pepper."

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2012 Chapel G Syrah 91 PTS WE

"Plump plums, boysenberry, concentrated violets, slight tar and a touch of bacon-fat aromas show on the nose of this smaller-batch bottling from the pioneering property on Foxen Canyon Road. The palate packs a great acidic and textural verve, and is reminiscent of lavender-laced lamb chops, with rosemary, blackberry, blueberry and a touch of asphalt flavors." -Kettman. 91 points, Wine Enthusiast.

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2012 Eight Barrel Syrah 90 PTS CG

"Solidly varietal in both scent and taste with intimations of cured meats, pepper and a scant touch of earth in league with very precise, ripe berry fruit, this ample, big-bodied effort is spot-on in its varietal expression and tips to polish rather than potency. It is slightly supple and fairly fleshy in feel with nicely moderated tannins lending structural grip, and, if never dramatic, it is sure and sustained in flavor with plenty of room to grow and improve for another half-dozen years." - Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2016

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2012 Eight Barrel Syrah 90 PTS WA

"A barrel selection of Syrah lots from different cooperages, the 2012 Syrah Eight Barrel (18 months in 40% new French oak) is another pretty, classy Syrah that offers plenty of black raspberry, toasted bread, spice and a touch of vanilla bean. Nicely textured, balanced and elegant, with medium-bodied richness, it too offers plenty of enjoyment today but will hold nicely through 2022." - Wine Advocate

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2012 Eight Barrel Syrah 91 PTS WE
"A classic profile for top-shelf California Syrah, this bottling shows blackberry, black pepper, thyme, charred pork and dense purple flowers on the nose. The palate melds dried herbs with dense fruit, offering fennel pollen, oregano, marjoram and black cardamom atop blueberry and olallieberry, with a touch of dark chocolate toward the finish." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, June 2016

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2012 Grenache 88 PTS CG
"Fairly intense aromas of well-ripened strawberries immediately set this one on a well-defined varietal track, and, while a touch soft at the edges, the wine is pleasantly rounded in feel rather than veering to fat. It is a balanced middleweight that firms up when it should at the finish, and it is overall a fruity, well-filled Grenache that earns its name. It promises to grow for a bit and will take nicely to a few years of age, but it is an inviting, very tasty morsel already." –88 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2015

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2012 Grenache 90 pts WE

"A juicy nose of ripe pomegranates, warm cranberries, concentrated strawberry blossoms and a bit of smoked herbs makes for an enticing introduction on this wine from one of the region’s earliest producers. The palate shows cola, blackberry juice and a lavender lift. It’s a perfect hamburger pairing." - 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

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2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah 87 PTS WA

"Less successful than past vintages, the 2012 Syrah Mesa Reserve offers lots of chocolate, mulled dark fruits and vanilla in a medium to full-bodied, slightly rustic, chewy, yet still enjoyable style. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah 91 PTS WE

"Not as deeply purple as other Syrahs, this bottling shows more broad red-fruit aromas of caramelized cherry along with lilacs, violets, crushed black rocks and vanilla cola. Mulberry, dark strawberry and plum elements bring intrigue to the palate, which also offers savory black sesame and hoisin notes." 91 pts, Wine Enthusiast, October 2016

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2012 Syrah 88 PTS WE

"The historic winery's most widely accessible bottling, this is a solid everyday sipper, showing concentrated olallieberry, black plum, violet and teriyaki aromas. The palate discloses blackberry and mint, with touches of pepper and lavender." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2016 Issue

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2012 Z Cuvee 87 pts CG

"50% Grenache; 45% Mouvèdre; 5% Cinsault. Despite its other components, this bottling is very much keyed on the juicy, ripe strawberry fruit of Grenache in both scent and taste. It is slightly rounded in feel and moderately full-bodied with a temperate touch of firming tannin showing up in the latter going, and its lack of angles and edges makes for a friendly wine that invites drinking in the near- to-mid term." - Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2016

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2012 Z Cuvee 88 PTS W&S

A blend of grenache & mourvedre, supported by a bit of cinsualt, this perks up the candied cherry flavor of ripe grenache with the peppery zest of alcohol. Oak brings a cinnamon-spice quality, while the aroma turns pleasantly floral at the end. It's fiery wine, but lamb or lentils with yogurt on the side will cool its heat." - Wine & Spirits, December 2015

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2012 Z Cuvee 88 PTS WE

"One of the historic winery’s more widely available bottlings, this blend of 50% Grenache, 45% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault plays the lighter red fruit side of the spectrum. Raspberry, cranberry, crushed rose petals and a touch of cinnamon show on the zesty nose. The palate conveys spiced raspberry, plum and cranberry, proving tight and light." - 88 points, Wine Enthusiasts

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2012 Z Cuvee 88 PTS WS

"A zesty red, with lively notes of floral raspberry, smoky fresh herbs and pepper. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2021." Best Buy

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2012 Z Three 91 PTS WE

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2013 Black Bear Block Syrah 90 PTS WA

"Another impressive Syrah from Zaca Mesa is the 2013 Syrah Black Bear Block. This medium to full-bodied, balanced and lively 2013 gives up lots of black raspberry, white pepper and underbrush aromas and flavors. Coming from a single block of own rooted vines that were planted in 1978, aged 21 months in 50% new French oak, drink this outstanding Syrah over the coming 7-8 years." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2013 BlackBear Block Syrah 91 PTS CG
"Over the years, the Black Bear Block renditions have typically been the winery's richest and most potent Syrahs, and the 2013 version falls right in step with its predecessors. It is a sturdy, sizable and impactful wine that is little concerned with anything remotely like finesse just now, but its solidity and fruity stuffing tag it as a wine upon which it is well worth waiting, and its teasing touches of spicy complexity are but token glimpses of more to come. It will take time, plenty of it, in fact, and we would leave it alone for no fewer than five or six years." – 91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2017

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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 92 pts WE

"Plump blackberries and ready-to-pop cherries are laced with touches of fresh tobacco, graphite and turned earth on this very well done Cab. The rich black plum fruit of the palate is cut by a strong acidity and firm tannic grip, with flavors of pencil lead keeping the wine serious and driven." -Kettman. 92 points, Wine Enthusiast

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2013 Chapel G Syrah 88 PTS WA

"Made in a ripe, straightforward, medium to full-bodied and slightly monolithic style, the 2013 Syrah Chapel G offers fruit-forward, decadent notes of black raspberries, plums, cassis and vanilla. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2013 Chapel G Syrah 90 PTS CG

"Seemingly a little riper and fuller than its mate above, this wholly likable bottling is the gruffer of the two, and its bold, dense style is bound to attract its fair share of attention. Tight at entry, then a trifle beamy as befits its full, chewy direction, it is a wine that can age every bit as long as its sibling but is less likely to deliver the same high rewards, and, for that reason, we would counsel that it be consumed in the next half decade while its vigor and more rugged exterior give it high drinkability with savory hunks of lamb or beef hot off the Weber." - 90pts * (one puff), Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, Nov. 2016 

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2013 Chapel G Syrah 91 PTS AG

"The standout in this range, the 2013 Syrah Chapel G is infused with the essence of blackberry jam, violets, lavender, bittersweet chocolate, graphite and sage. Powerful, dense and creamy, this is the first block winemaker Eric Mohseni planted upon his arrival. Mohseni developed the block with Alban Syrah clones, but later found that some of the plants were actually Viognier. Ultimately, Mohseni left the Viognier in and that fruit is now co-fermented with the Syrah." Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2016. 

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2013 Chapel G Syrah 92 PTS WE

"A wondrous array of blackberry, pepper, dried meat, soft lavender, well-integrated lilac and crushed graphite show on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard planted in 2008. A firm but not overpowering tannic structure and bright acidity present flavors of dried violets, blueberry and tar on the palate." Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2016

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2013 Eight Barrel Syrah

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2013 Eight Barrel Syrah 89 PTS WA

"The 2013 Syrah Eight Barrel is another big, rich and concentrated Syrah that comes across a touch chunky. Loaded with notions of black raspberries, cassis, spice box and toasted bread, drink this rich, chewy Syrah over the coming 4-5 years as well. Note, this cuvee is a barrel selection focused on a darker, more hedonistic style." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2013 Eight Barrel Syrah 91 PTS CG

"Both of the Zaca Mesa Syrahs are wines of depth and reasonable manners, but, when faced with choosing one, it would be the Eight Barrel for its slightly elevated sophistication that shows in enhanced richness and a tad less ripeness. There is a near-classic look at Syrah's blackberry and spice fruit in the first nose, and that very keen focus never wavers even when it is partnered by generous additions of creamy, slightly smoky oak at every stop. Evident astringency rises at the finish and seconds the notion that great growth and rewarding maturity are assured over the next several years and more. -91pts ** (two puffs), Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, Nov. 2016


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2013 Grenache 90 PTS W&S

"Bright and spicy, this is grenache with spine, propelling red-cherry and apple-skin flavors on a sandy rasp of tannins. The structure is a bit tough and chewy, yet tempered by a refreshing, floral lift, like candied lavender, that seems to rise out of the tannins. This will harmonize with a brined Berkshire pork chop." - Wine & Spirits, December 2015  

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2013 Mesa Reserve Syrah 89 PTS WA

"The 2013 Syrah Mesa Reserve comes from younger vines and cooler terroirs. It has more acidity, classy notes of dark fruits, peppery herbs and candied violets, medium to full-bodied richness and a rock solid finish. It’s another well made Syrah that will drink nicely for 4-6 years or more." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2013 Mesa Reserve Syrah 92 PTS CG
"This solidly built Syrah sports a strong and distinctive varietal voice that never eases, and, if fairly big-bodied and fully extracted, the wine does not favor exaggerated ripeness nor is it at all soft or viscous in manner. Quite to the contrary, it is sturdy and firm to the point of being a bit hard and acid-bounced at the finish, but, for all of its youthful angles and edges, it is remarkably deep and charged with loads of vigorous, spiced berry fruit. It is not a wine to think about drinking soon and polished textures must wait, but it will open up and round out a little more each year that passes, and we recommend letting a good half-dozen go by before it is poured." –92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2017

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2013 Pinot Noir 90 PTS WE
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2013 Syrah 87 PTS WA

"Notes of black raspberries, plums, spice box and saddle leather all emerge from the 2013 Syrah, which was mostly destemmed and spent 16 months in 20% new French oak. Drink this medium-bodied, well priced and enjoyable Syrah over the coming couple of years.Notes of black raspberries, plums, spice box and saddle leather all emerge from the 2013 Syrah, which was mostly destemmed and spent 16 months in 20% new French oak. Drink this medium-bodied, well priced and enjoyable Syrah over the coming couple of years." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2013 Syrah 88 PTS AG

"The 2013 Syrah is another dark, juicy wine built for near-term drinking. A huge core of blue and black fruit gives the wine its powerful, flamboyant personality. This is a terrific value considering its price and a production level in excess of 11,000 cases." Antonio Galloni (Venous Media), September 2016.   

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2013 Syrah 88 PTS WE

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2013 Syrah 88 PTS WS
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2013 Syrah 89 PTS CG
"We are still a bit mystified at Syrah's inability to gain the market traction that we think it deserves, and a few more that meet the quality and affordability evidenced here just might help get the variety out of the doldrums. Generously fruity and solidly built with an unflinching look at the blackberries and spice that mark well-made Syrah, this one gets to the varietal point right from the start and stays the course through to the fairly long finish. It will drink well now with heartier meats and stews, but it is well worth putting aside for additional age and will be more satisfying yet if allowed to sit for three to five years.–89 points, GOOD VALUE, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2017 

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2013 Z Cuvée 88 PTS WS

"Zesty and easygoing, with appealing notes of raspberry and blueberry, plus roasted herb and pepper. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2023". - 88 PTS, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

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2013 Z Cuvée 89 PTS CG
"55% Grenache; 40% Mourvedre; 5% Cinsault. Rich and well-ripened with a good sense of range and a full complement of berry-like fruit that is infused with nicely integrated elements of briary spice, Zaca Mesa's latest Z Cuvee is carefully constructed, fairly big-bodied working that is at once slightly supple in feel and firmed by relatively gentle tannins. It is a bit deeper and more complex than its modest price predicts, and, while sufficiently open and inviting to enjoy now, it has the structural integrity to age gracefully and improve for four or five years.–89 points, GOOD VALUE, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2017 

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2013 Z Three 88 PTS AG

"The 2013 Z Three is Zaca Mesa's Syrah-based blend. Plush, dark and inviting, the 2013 offers excellent depth in a bold, fruit-driven style. Blackberry, plum, smoke and licorice are pushed forward. I would prefer to drink the 2013 over the next few years, as there is a slight element of dryness that is likely to become more pronounced over time." Antonio Galloni (Venous Media), September 2016. 

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2014 Amphora 91 PTS WA

"Aged ten months in 500-liter clay amphora, the 2014 Syrah Amphora is fresh and lively, with a firmness to its tannin that should round into shape with short term cellaring." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2014 Z Blanc 91 PTS W&S
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2015 Viognier 87 PTS WS
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White Wine

2009 Roussanne 93 PTS WE
"Roussanne is really hard to pull off in California, but if anyone can do it, Zaca Mesa can. It’s as good as the 2007, showing nectarine, pear and tangerine flavors, with the creamy, yeasty complexities of a fine barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It’s dry and crisp in acidity and even has a fine, steely minerality. Drink now." –93 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

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2009 Viognier 87 PTS WE
"This Viognier takes the variety’s exotic tropical fruit and orange flavors, combines them with minerals, and finishes off with a crisp bite of acidity. The result is a rich, elegant wine, with a hint of honeyed sweetness." –87 points, Wine Enthusiast, September 2010

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2009 Viognier 90 PTS CG
"Winemaker Eric Mohseni's predilection for light, briskly balanced whites shows first in this wine's pert, white peach, quietly floral aromas and is reiterated fully in the bright, energetic, acid-crisped flavors that follow. While it never lacks for ripeness or for fullness on the palate, it is also alive and vital all the way to the finish. A year in bottle will add a bit of depth." –90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, May 2011

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2010 Chardonnay 89 pts CG
"Light on its feet, fairly rich and favoring tropical fruit at first whiff, this attractive wine puts a hint of popcorn into the hidden reaches of its aromas and keeps it there. Supple at entry, then firmer as it crosses the palate, with flavors of ripe apples and citrus very well combined, it finishes with a creamy texture and a long, energetic burst of fruit and is one of the better bargains in Chardonnay."  –89 points - 1 puff, Good Value, Connoisseurs' Guide, September 2013

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2010 Grenache Blanc 87 pts WS
"Juicy and bright, with succulent peach and lemon notes leading to a tart, crisp and refreshing finish. Drink now. 482 cases made." –MW 87 points, Wine Spectator, Web only. 2013

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2010 Grenache Blanc 91 PTS WE
"To call this a fun wine—which it is—is to suggest that it’s not complex and compelling, which it also is. It features brilliant acidity and orange-like intensity, remaining bone dry despite its honey-tinged finish. Pair it with Chinese chicken dishes." –91 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

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2010 Roussanne 87 pts CG
"Although its very rich, faintly waxy nose of sweet peaches and honey raises expectations of a full, slightly unctuous wine, this one does not head down the anticipated road to high ripeness and is far less obvious in flavor than scent. It is, in fact, on the firm side as far as balance goes and drifts to slight hardness on the latter palate, and, even if nearing its fourth birthday, a bit more time is still in order." –87 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2014

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2010 Viognier 88 PTS WS
"An elegant white, offering lemon, grapefruit, and green apple flavors that show details of apple blossom and celery leaf." –J.L. 88 Points TOP VALUES, Wine Spectator, August 2013.

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2010 Viognier 91 PTS WE
"This is Zaca Mesa's best Viognier in at least 10 years. Dry and crisp in zesty acidity, with a firm minerality, it avoids the variety's exotic side, offering streamlined, complex flavors of citrus fruit, Asian pear, peach and white pepper." –S.H." 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Editors' Choice, February 2013.

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2011 Chardonnay 90 PTS WE
"One of Santa Barbara County's pioneer properties delivers an aromatically luscious wine with white flowers, French toast, quince and lime sorbet on the nose. It's a bit like sipping perfume of tuberose and honeysuckle, yet there is bouncy acidity and chalky minerality, ensuring an emerging shelf life through 2018." –M.K. 90 points - Editors' Choice. Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2014

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2011 Roussanne 87 PTS WA

"The 2011 Roussanne reveals a medium-gold color to go with a slightly leesy, odd profile of burnished oak, honeysuckle and buttered citrus. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured and straightforward, it's not the most distinctive Roussanne out there, but it's well made and enjoyable. It spent nine months in 30% new French oak and had lots of lees contact and batonnage, which might have resulted in its slightly muddled, strange profile. Drink it over the coming couple of years." - Wine Advocate 

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2011 Viognier 90 PTS WE
"This 100% varietal wine is one of the best Viognier buys in California. It’s dry and crisp in acidity, with slightly oaky notes accenting ripe flavors of peaches, limes, apricots and honeydew. This would be a good buy at twice the price." - SH 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast, December 2013

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2011 Z Blanc 87 PTS CG
"There is nothing hidden or held back about this frontal and gregariously fruity youngster, and, if far from complex, it is an affable and thoroughly tasty wine whose well-composed mix of citrus, fresh melons and tangy peaches is hard not to like. It is rounded in feel and freshened with a nicely fit bit of acidity, and it shows all that it has right now." –87 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2014

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2011 Z Blanc 89 PTS WS
"Offers a mix of peach, melon and lemon notes, with crisp acidity and spice and floral details, revealing plenty of citrus zest accents on the finish. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. Drink now. 971 cases made." –MW - 89 points, Wine Spectator, March 2014

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2011 Z Blanc 90 PTS WE
"This blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier is, in a word, wonderful. While it’s dry and crisp, with a minerally edge, it’s fantastically ripe with oranges, apricots, peaches, limes and honey. So delicious, you just want to drink the whole bottle." –90 points, Wine Enthusiast, December 2013

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2012 Grenache Blanc 87 PTS WS
"A smooth take on lemon meringue, melon and apple flavors, with notes of citrus zest. Juicy acidity keeps the flavors fresh and lively. Drink now. 357 cases made." –MW 87 points, Wine Spectator, March 2014

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2012 Roussanne 88 PTS CG

"Introduced by a fragrant nose of flowers, honey, hardwoods and peaches and showing a good sense of palatal substance and heft, this nicely stuffed, relatively full-bodied Roussanne is built along slightly sturdier lines and edges to structured tightness without losing its firm fix on fruit. It is a wine that could easily do with more time in the cellar, and it has the richness and depth to evolve favorably for several more years." - 88 PTS + 1 PUFF Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2016

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2012 Viognier 88 PTS WS
"Crisp and refreshing, this offers a mix of lemon, grapefruit and apple flavors, with floral and mineral accents on the finish. Drink now." –M.W. 88 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine, March 2014.

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2012 Viognier 89 PTS WE
"Kicking off with a tight nose of lemongrass and limestone, this is a Viognier for fans of Sauvignon Blanc. It keeps razor-sharp focus on the palate, with tart apple flavors and zesty acidity that wipes the flavors clean rather quickly, but verges ever so slightly towards a hint of tropical papaya." –M.K. 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Sept. 2014.

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2012 Z Blanc 88 PTS CG
"Although not effusively fruity on first sniff yet gently suggesting a note of ripe peaches all the same, this wine shows a nice mix of flowers and the same peachy traits on the palate with more richness and depth than was hinted at in the nose, and it exhibits fine fruity vigor and length. It checks in at 15.0% alcohol but neither acts nor feels in any way overdone, and it reminds once again that balance and ripeness are not mutually exclusive." –88 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2015

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2012 Z Blanc 90 PTS W&S

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2012 Z Blanc 92 PTS WE

"Ripe yellow apples and peach elements are cut with lime peels and cement aromas on this blend of 46% Roussanne, 44% Grenache Blanc and 10% Viognier. It’s focused and clean upon sipping, with tight pears, nectarine and white peach flavors." —M.K., Wine Enthusiast, October 2015

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2013 Chardonnay 91 PTS WE

"Tart aromas of sour cream, yogurt, candied lime and pressed quince show on the nose of this stylishly structured Chardonnay. The palate carries the theme forward, with pithy pink grapefruit notes, lime ade and brie rinds, showing firm tension on the tongue and bound-up energy that will keep this bottle alive for years." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast

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2013 Grenache Blanc 87 PTS CG

"Smacking of white peaches and citrusy freshness with a subtle orange blossom note to its light, but well-focused aromas and following up with clean and lively flavors to match, this bottling is at once moderated in ripeness and insistently fruity. There are deeper, more substantial Grenache Blancs to be had, but this one succeeds by dint of its clean lines and charm, and it will serve nicely with milder fare of all sorts." - Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2016

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2013 Roussanne 88 PTS AG

"Zaca Mesa's 2013 Roussanne is soft, open-knit and delicate in style. Apricot, peach and lightly honeyed notes give the 2013 its varietally expressive personality." Antonio Galloni (Venous Media), September 2016.  

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2013 Roussanne 88 PTS WA

"A solid Roussanne from California, the 2013 Roussanne is medium-bodied and nicely textured, with a kiss of petrol in its crushed rock and orchard fruits. It picks up a touch of mint with time in the glass, has a solid balance between its freshness and richness, and should shine at the dinner table over the coming 2-4 years." Wine Advocate, September 2016

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2013 Roussanne 91 PTS WE

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2013 Viognier 87 PTS WS
"Juicy and bright, with nice intesity to the Meyer lemon, green pear and nectarine flavors, highlighted by refreshing acidity." –M.W. 87 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine, March 2015.

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2013 Viognier 88 PTS CG
"Youth proves to be both a boon and a bane here, for while this very solidly varietal effort shows plenty of fruity vitality and depth, it is presently lacking in polish and its bias to acidy firmness leaves it a little stiff and hard at the finish. That said, it's focus and its intimations of citrusy/stoney/floral complexity are the marks of a wine for which we are willing to wait, and we would be more than happy to hide a few bottles away for another year or so. GOOD VALUE" –Olken. 88 Points 1-Puff, Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2015.

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2013 Viognier 90 PTS WE
"One of the region's Rhone pioneers, this winery delivers aromas of chalk, cherimoya and white flowers on this bottling. It's very clean and crisp on the palate with a sharp minerality and flavors of pear cider, lemon peel and lychee." –M.K. 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2015

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2013 Z Blanc 87 PTS WA

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"A clean, straightforward blend of 59% Roussanne, 36% Grenache Blanc and 5% Viognier that was barrel fermented and aged on lees for 10 months in 25% new French oak, the 2013 Z Blanc has attractive notes of citrus blossom, mint and hints of green herbs (basil) in a medium-bodied, lightly textured profile. It's well made and enjoyable."- Wine Advocate

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2013 Z Blanc 88 PTS WE
"This blend of 59% Roussanne, 36% Grenache Blanc and 5% Viognier is very lemony on the nicely restrained nose that also offers mango, yellow apple and grapefruit pith. Once sipped, the wine is wide and welcoming with red and yellow apples, Meyer lemon and tangerine flavors, proving quite easy-drinking."- 88 PTS, Wine Enthusiast

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2013 Z Blanc 88 PTS WS

"Pear, spice and almond skin notes are complex and rich, with grapefruit zest and dried floral accents on the juicy finish. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier."

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2013 Z Blanc 89 PTS CG

"59% Roussanne; 36% Grenache Blanc; 5% Viognier. If defined fruit takes a back seat to ripeness and honeyed richness in the nose here, it moves to the fore of this ample effort’s generous, slightly juicy young flavors. The wine is moderately full-bodied, carefully balanced and counts textural polish among its many successes, and, if never particularly lavish or flashy, it remains rich and very solidly fruity right to the end." - Connoisseurs' Guide, March 2016

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2013 Z Blanc 90 PTS W&S

"Ripe and robust, this roussanne-led blend shows its alcohol at first. With air, concentrated yellow plum flavors come to the fore, building into a juicy richness that gains dimension from a smokey imprint of lees. Send it toward a rich fish dish, like nut-crusted tilapia or mahi mahi." - Wine & Spirits, December 2015

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2014 Viognier 88 PTS W&S

"Alcohol drives this viognier's honeysuckle and jasmine scents, yet its heady, perfumed ripeness and rich apricot flavors are laced with an earthy grip that keeps it on the rails. It's powerful enough to stand up to the spice of chicken tagine." - Wine & Spirits, December 2015

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2014 Viognier 88 PTS WE

"Honeysuckle and white peach show on the nose of this bottling from the region’s longtime Rhône producer. It’s a simple and straightforward take on the grape, with dried white peach, lemon-lime candy and apple-peel flavors, wrapped up with buzzing acidity and grippy texture." - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast

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2014 Viognier 88 PTS WS

"Clean and crisp, mixing white grapefruit, apple and peach flavors, accented by toast and dried floral notes. Refreshing finish." Best Buy

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2014 Z Blanc 91 PTS WE

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Rosé Wine

2010 Z Gris Rosé 90 PTS WE
"Zaca Mesa accomplishes the difficult task of creating a ripe, fruity rosé that finishes thoroughly dry. This is a minor miracle in California. It’s all Grenache, which accounts for the cherry flavors, but there’s a bracing minerality and fine, clean acidity." –90 points, Wine Enthusiast, August 2011

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2012 Z Gris Rosé 87 PTS CG
"A wine of mixed messages, or rather one that changes direction as it goes, Zaca Mesa Z Gris begins with juicy aromas of berries and plums, but it does not follow with the plump flavors that its nose implies. Instead, it is surprisingly firm and slightly rigid in feel with lots of zesty acidity directing its course, and, if it gamely hangs on to its impressions of berries and plums, they are underscored by an unmistakable streak of fresh lemon. It is not our usual practice to put wines of this type away, but six months to a year in bottle is bound to work wonders here." –87 points, Connoisseurs' Guide, August 2013

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2013 Z Gris Rose 90 PTS WE
"As can happen with young wines like just-released rosé, a slight bit of effervescence is visible. The interesting smell of fermentation gives rise to strawberry and pink bubblegum scents. The gum persists on the palate, but in a pleasant, not overwhelming or sweet way, as does red licorice and watermelon." –90 points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

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2014 Z Gris Rosé 88 PTS WE
"Aromas suggest pink watermelon and bubble gum ester, with an intriguing twist of licorice. It’s high and tight on the palate with pink lemonade-driven acidity, offering strawberry fruit in the midpalate and more bubble gum on the finish." 

- MK, Wine Enthusiast, September 2015

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2015 Z Gris 87 PTS WE
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