Please refer to the below chart for all recent scores on our wines. To read full review of each wine, click on the score. 

Red Wine 2011 2012 2013  2014   2015 
Syrah
Silver SFCWC
88 PTS WE 87 PTS WA
88 PTS AG
88 PTS W&S
88 PTS WE
89 PTS CG
92 PTS PDWR
89 PTS AG
88 PTS WE
87 PTS CG
 
Z Cuvée 88 PTS WS
89 PTS CG
91 PTS WE
 91 PTS PDWR
88 PTS AG
88 PTS CG
88 PTS WE
 
Mesa Reserve 91 PTS WE
87 PTS WA
89 PTS WA
92 PTS CG
91 PTS WE
92 PTS PDWR
90 PTS CG
91 PTS WE
 
Z Three 91 PTS WE 88 PTS AG
91 PTS WE
   
Black Bear 91 PTS CG
93 PTS WE
90 PTS WA
91 PTS CG
93 PTS PDWR
 92 PTS JD
91 PTS AG
93 PTS WE
91 PTS CG
 
Grenache  Not Submitted 90 PTS W&S    
Eight Barrel Not Submitted 89 PTS WA
91 PTS CG
91 PTS W&S
92 PTS WE
 93 PTS PDWR
93 PTS CG
 
Cabernet 
Sauvignon 
Not Produced  Not Produced  92 PTS WE     
 Pinot Noir Not Produced Not Produced 90 PTS WE   95 PTS WE 
 Amphora Not Produced Not Produced Not Produced   91 PTS WA   90-92 PTS JD
Chapel G 92 PTS WE
88 PTS WA
91 PTS AG
90 PTS CG
 91 PTS AG
91 PTS WE
 
 Estrella   Not Produced
Not Produced
Not Produced
 92 PTS JD
91 PTS AG
91 PTS WE
91 PTS CG
 
 30th Anniversary
Syrah
 Not Produced
Not Produced
90 PTS AG
   


White Wine 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 
Viognier
90 PTS CG  
Chardonnay 91 PTS WE


91 PTS WE    
Grenache Blanc 87 PTS CG



   
Z Blanc    
Z Gris Rosé 90 PTS WE
88 PTS WE

87 PTS WE

 91 PTS WE
94 PTS PDWR
91 PTS WE 
Roussanne   88 PTS WA
88 PTS AG
91 PTS WE
90 PTS CG
92 PTS PDWR
92 PTS WE       


Red Wine

2011 Black Bear Block Syrah
"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 to CA Wines, March 2015 Issue

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2011 Black Bear Block Syrah
"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." – 89 points, Wine Spectator Magazine, 2015 - web only

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2011 Chapel G Syrah
"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 to CA Wines, March 2014 Issue

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2011 Chapel G Syrah
"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 Magazine, September 2014 Issue

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah

"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." - 90 points, Wine Advocate, 2015

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah
"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 to CA Wines, March 2015 Issue

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah
"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." – 88 points, Wine Spectator Magazine, web only - 2015

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah
"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 Magazine, December 2014 Issue

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2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah

"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." - 90 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2015 Issue

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2011 Syrah

"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 Magazine, December 2015 Issue 

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2011 Syrah

"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." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2016 Issue


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2011 Syrah

"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 to CA Wines, March 2015 Issue

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2011 Syrah

"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." - 89 points, Wine Advocate, 2015 Issue

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2011 Z Cuvée
"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 Magazine, July 2015 Issue

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2011 Z Cuvée
"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." – 87 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2015 Issue

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2011 Z Cuvée
"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." - 88 points, TF, Wine Spectator Magazine, July 2015 Issue

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2011 Z Three

"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." - 90 points, Wine Spectator Magazine, October 2015 Issue

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2011 Z Three

"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." - 92 pointsWine & Spirits Magazine, December 2015 Issue

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2012 Black Bear Block Syrah

"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." - 91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2016 Issue



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2012 Black Bear Block Syrah
"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." - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2016 Issue


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2012 Chapel G Syrah

"Refined and well-focused, showing dusty raspberry and sweet anise aromas and layered flavors of cherry, orange zest and pepper." - 90 points, Wine Spectator Magazine, March 2016 Issue

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2012 Chapel G Syrah

"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." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2016 Issue


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2012 Chapel G Syrah

"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." - 90 points, Wine Advocate, 2015 Issue

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2012 Eight Barrel Syrah

"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." - 90 points, Wine Advocate, 2015 Issue

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2012 Eight Barrel Syrah

"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." - 90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2016 Issue

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2012 Eight Barrel Syrah
"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 Issue

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2012 Grenache

"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 Magazine, December 2015 Issue

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2012 Grenache
"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 to CA Wines, March 2015 Issue

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2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah

"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 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2016 Issue

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2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah

"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." - 87 points, Wine Advocate, September 2016 Issue

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2012 Syrah

"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." - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2016 Issue

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2012 Z Cuvée

"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 Enthusiast Magazine, March 2016 Issue

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2012 Z Cuvée

"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." - 87 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2016 Issue

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2012 Z Cuvée

"A zesty red, with lively notes of floral raspberry, smoky fresh herbs and pepper. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2021." - 88 points, (Best Buy) Wine Spectator Magazine, March 2016 Issue

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2012 Z Cuvée

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." - 88 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2015 Issue

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2012 Z Three
"Sanguine, leathery aromas show on the nose of this blend of 55% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache, accented with dried elderberry, wild thyme, black plum and peppery spice. Woody flavors of bay leaf, black sage and rosemary show on the medium-bodied palate, with sour plum notes lifted by black pepper on the finish. - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2017 Issue 

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2013 30th Anniversary Syrah
"The 2014 Syrah 30th Anniversary incorporates 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is how this wine was made at the outset. Dark red cherry, plum, herbs and tobacco are all found in this attractive, distinctive wine. Zaca Mesa tore out their Cabernet Sauvignon some time ago, so the Cabernet for this wine is sourced from Vogelzang in Happy Canyon. " - 90 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2017.

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2013 Black Bear Block Syrah
"The nose is predominantly mixed black fruit, accented with violet, olive and salt. The palate is a big, velvety blue fruit, cherry and herb with nice grip. Drink 2017-2024." - 92 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2013 Black Bear Block Syrah
"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 Issue

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2013 Black Bear Block Syrah

"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." - 90 points, Wine Advocate, September 2016 Issue

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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

"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." - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2016 Issue

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2013 Chapel G Syrah

"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." - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2016 Issue

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2013 Chapel G Syrah

"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." - 88 points, Wine Advocate, September 2016 Issue

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2013 Chapel G Syrah

"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." - 90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, November 2016 Issue

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2013 Chapel G Syrah

"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." - 91 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2016. 

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2013 Eight Barrel Syrah
"This comes from two blocks on the Zaca Mesa estate, both planted in the 2000s at over 1300 feet of elevation. It feels massive at first, a melange of alcohol, smoky oak, extracted purple fruit and chewy tannins. As air works its way into that dense core, the wine shows more nuance: bright acidity, cracked peppercorn spice, generous flavors of smoked meat and olive that last against a stony backdrop of structure. It's not a shy Syrah, but if you decant it, you'll have a substantial, satisfying red." - 91 points (Year's Best US Syrah), Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2017 Issue 

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2013 Eight Barrel Syrah

"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. - 91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, November 2016 Issue


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2013 Eight Barrel Syrah

"Savory aromas of roasting meat and beef jerky are enhanced by pretty touches of lilacs, violet and chocolate syrup on the nose of this bottling. The slightest kiss of strawberry shows on the sip, followed by riper blackberry, purple flowers, rosemary and pepper. The firm tannic structure ensures ageability." - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2017 Issue

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2013 Eight Barrel Syrah

"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." - 89 points, Wine Advocate, September 2016 Issue

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2013 Grenache

"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." - 90 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2015 Issue

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2013 Mesa Reserve Syrah

"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." - 89 points, Wine Advocate, September 2016 Issue

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2013 Mesa Reserve Syrah

"Given that this is where Santa Barbara County's first Syrah was planted, it's no wonder that Zaca Mesa makes well-balanced expressions of the grape with stunning consistency. This bottling shows blackberry, black pepper, cola and purple flowers on the nose, leading into a tightly structured palate packed with tart black-plum skins, beef char and more black-pepper dust." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2017 Issue

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2013 Mesa Reserve Syrah
"A nose of saturated plum and cherry accented by florals. The palate offers nice concentration, firmly textured blackberry, currant and spice, notes of chocolate. Drink 2018-2024." - 92 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2013 Mesa Reserve Syrah
"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 Issue

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2013 Pinot Noir
"Tight cranberry and sour-cherry aromas meet with turned earth, iron and woody herbs like dried sticks of sage on the nose of this wine. The palate shows iron, sagebrush-laced cranberry juice and pomegranate fruit, proving lively and energetic on the tangy palate." - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2016 Issue

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2013 Syrah
"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 Issue

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2013 Syrah
"Ripened to a chewy density, this balances the fig-cake richness with the appetizing herbal aromas, alcohol giving it a warm spiciness that lasts. It's a brawny Syrah for stir-fried beef dishes." - 88 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2017 Issue

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2013 Syrah

"Dried blueberry, leather, soy and pepper notes show on the nose of this bottling from the region's Syrah pioneer. The palate is very dry and brimming with deep purple flower, black fruit and herb flavors." - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2017 Issue

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2013 Syrah

"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." - 88 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2016 Issue   

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2013 Z Cuvée

"Zesty and easygoing, with appealing notes of raspberry and blueberry, plus roasted herb and pepper. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2023". - 88 points, Wine Spectator Magazine, February 2017 Issue

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2013 Z Cuvée
"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, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2017 Issue

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2013 Z Cuvée

"For one of their lower-priced bottlings, this blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault is a great deal. The nose shows exuberant black raspberry, scarlet rose petals and fresh lilacs against a backdrop of dewy thyme and oregano. That herbal component carries strongly to the palate, giving nuance to tangy plum fruits. The savory touch would pair with everything from pasta to Asian-spiced beef." - 91 points (Editors' Choice), Wine Enthusiast Magazine, June 2017 Issue

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2013 Z Three

"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." - 88 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2016 Issue

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2013 Z Three

"Very fresh aromas of violet, black plum and black rocks show on the nose of this blend of 62% Syrah, 34% Mourvèdre and 4% Grenache. It’s quite dry on the sip yet with lots of floral flavors, including violet, lilac and lavender, which give depth to the blue fruits. The tannic structure is quite rocky and upright." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2014 Amphora

"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." - 91 points, Wine Advocate, September 2016 Issue

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2014 Black Bear Block Syrah
"The 2014 Syrah Black Bear Block is the old vine cuvée from the estate and sees a longer maceration followed by 21 months in 54% new barrels. Similarly, purple colored, it has a slightly more density and depth, with an Hermitage-like bouquet of blackberry liqueur, white pepper, violets and saddle leather. It too is a terrific concentrated, impressive Syrah that will keep for a decade." - 92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, 2017

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2014 Black Bear Block Syrah
"The 2014 Syrah Estate Vineyard Black Bear Block is one of the most distinctive wines in this range. There is plenty of the richness that defines all of the wines, but the Bear Block also has a level of perfume that differentiates it, along with a slightly redder tonality of fruit. This block was planted in 1978 with Estrella clone Syrah. " - 91 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2017.

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2014 Black Bear Block Syrah
“Intense, freshly cracked black-pepper smells merge with elements of dusty rose, caramelized meats, leather and fresh earth in the distinctive, moderately fruity aromas of this expressive Syrah, and the spicy complexities of the nose are fully replayed in the slightly juicier-than-expected flavors that ensue.  No simple wine this, and one that is weighty without once seeming heavy, the latest Black Bear Block bottling is a substantial yet nicely balanced look at the grape that is underpinned by plenty of firm, slightly grippy, young tannins.  If not overly tough, it is far from being ready to drink, and it is best to allow a minimum of three or four years to pass before pulling its cork.” -91 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wines, March 2018 Issue

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2014 Black Bear Block Syrah

"This bottling from Santa Barbara County’s oldest Syrah planting is always like tasting history. Aromas of roasted coffee beans and charred wood meet with pressed blackberry, vanilla and caramel on the nose. The palate combines tart black-plum skins with charred meat, more roasted coffee and lots of cocoa dust, with riper hints of fig and blueberry fruit arising toward the finish." - 93 points Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2014 Chapel G Syrah

"The nose of this bottling is both floral and savory, blending roasted beef with lilacs and a creamy boysenberry mousse. The palate is cohesive and pleasant, with dark berries, a touch of roasted game and more purple-flower petals, carried by a persistent acidity." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2014 Chapel G Syrah
"The 2014 Syrah Estate Vineyard Chapel G emerges from a high-density block on the estate planted with five different clones. The flavors are dark, deep and meaty. The drought conditions of the year come through in the wine's weight and overall feel. This is an especially intense expression of Syrah, even by Zaca Mesa's standards. " - 91 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2017.

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2014 Eight Barrel Syrah
"The nose is white pepper and rich black plum with solid acidity. The palate is well-textured black currant, camphor and plum with notably chewy tannins. Decant or Drink 2019-2025." - 93 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2014 Eight Barrel Syrah

“From its highly extracted, almost brooding aromas to its dense and generously stuffed flavors, this assertively varietal offering conveys lots of incisive Syrah spice seamlessly joined to plentiful, ripe berry fruit.  It is big, but it is exceptionally well-balanced with tannin and acidity very capably buffered by concentrated, very long-lasting fruit, and, while showing a bit of youthful raggedness at the last minute, the only sin it commits is that of extreme youth.  Its glimmers of polish are the signs of a very bright future, and pouring it before another five years have passed will be pouring it much too soon.” - 93 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wines, March 2018 Issue

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2014 Estrella Syrah

"Zaca Mesa planted syrah in Santa Barbara County in 1978, helping launch hat is now a community of Rhône-variety specialists in the region. This wine comes from three blocks planted to the Estrella clone. Its overriding impression is fragrant and cool, even as its salty young tannins have the rich, savory bitterness of unsweetened chocolate. There is an allspice and black-peppercorn crunch to the finish, providing the kind of abrasion that will work with grilled fennel sausage." - 92 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2018 Issue

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2014 Estrella Syrah

"This wine has great potential to emerge as a classic in the years to come, but is a bit tightly wound right now. Hearty roasted plum and blackberry aromas are coated in smoke, chocolate shavings and subtle violet on the nose. The sip starts bright before the strong tannins take hold, hiding the dark berry and minty flavors." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2014 Estrella Syrah
“This small-lot offering made exclusively from the Estrella Syrah clone is very much a wine for the future, and, although it exhibits plenty of fine, well-focused fruit and conveys no small degree of richness and depth, it is structured along the tighter lines of one that will need a good five years before hitting its stride.  Its sense of fruity purity, its energy and persistence indelibly mark it as a guaranteed winner with age, and we would not be surprised in the least if it were to continue to evolve gracefully for a full decade or more.  Be in no hurry here.” – 91 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wines, March 2018 Issue

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2014 Estrella Syrah
"A smaller production release, the 2014 Syrah Estrella is 100% Syrah, all from the Estrella clone, that was brought up in 43% new French Oak. Its deep purple color is followed by impressive notes of blackberries, violets, white pepper and sappy herbs. Medium-bodied, fresh and elegant, with beautiful purity of fruit, it's a fabulous wine from this estate, and possible the finest I've tasted from them." - 92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, 2017

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2014 Estrella Syrah
"The 2014 Syrah Estate Vineyard Estrella is dark, powerful and intense. There is terrific purity to the fruit, although the Estrella doesn't have the aromatic top notes of the Bear Block. The Estrella is a blend of fruit from three distinct blocks on the estate. " - 91 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2017.

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2014 Mesa Reserve Syrah
“Suggesting a good bit of extract from the outset and very explicit in its spicy, indelibly varietal, blackberry fruit, the Mesa Reserve is a well-muscled Syrah that exhibits fine density and depth.  It is moderately tannic without being abrasive, and its hard-to-miss acidity imparts a certain sinewy firmness, yet, while it is definitely closed-in relative to what it will be further along in its life, it offers a very clear and continuous look at solid, well-formed fruit and shows richness enough to make a half-dozen years of keeping and entirely risk-free bet.” -90 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wines, March 2018 Issue

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2014 Mesa Reserve Syrah

"As the hot, quiet days of summer shift to the frenetic activities of harvest, we long for laid back brunches shared with friends and a bottle of 2017 Pinot Blanc.  The grapes are sourced from one of Bien Nacido Vineyard's oldest blocks planted in 1973.  These old vines produce a wine of remarkable grace and complexity, demonstrated by the delicate aromas and flavors of D’Anjou pear, wet stone, Golden Delicious Apple and a lingering mineral finish." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2018 Issue

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2014 Syrah
“Smelling of briary spice, black tea and roasted meats with a solid backing of well-ripened fruits always in evidence, Zaca Mesa’s least expensive Syrah does a good job at hitting the right varietal marks, and, even if its flavors are presently cramped by a bit of slightly too-pushy acidity, they exhibit reasonable fruity depth and accurately reiterate the varietal spice of the nose.  The wine’s tendency to tartness may be appreciated by those who cannot get enough acid, but, as we see it, two or three years of softening will make for a better wine yet.” -87 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wines, March 2018 Issue

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2014 Syrah

"Densely packed aromas of purple flowers, game and tar show on the nose of this entry-level Syrah from the region's Rhône pioneers. Lavender and violet appear on the palate as well, where an impressive density conveys peppery spices yet remains soft in structure." - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2014 Syrah
"Zaca Mesa's 2014 Syrah Estate Vineyard is bold, punchy and flavorful, with plenty of dark fruit and the natural density resulting from the drought conditions of the year. The Estate Syrah is a blend of nine different clones from all of the blocks on the property. This is another wine in the range that offers very good quality for the money. " - 89 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2017.

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2014 Syrah
"The nose is peppercorn, slate and blackberry. The palate has nice purity of red fruit and firm acidity with notes of earth and cherry. Drink 2017-2022." - 92 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2014 Z Cuvée
"The nose is a lovely, lifted and lean red fruit that expands with air. The palate is a firm red fruit with a puckery texture, notes of raspberry and gravel. Drink 2017-2021." - 91 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2014 Z Cuvée
"The 2014 Z Cuvée Estate Vineyard is a tasty, budget friendly Rhône blend. I would prefer to drink it over the next year or two, while the red fruit remains vibrant. The blend is 45% Grenache, 44% Mourvèdre, 9% Cinsaut and 2% Syrah - 88 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2017.

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2014 Z Cuvée
“We like this wine’s moderately complex aromas of berries, creamy oak, dried herbs and minerals, and we like its similarly-minded flavors, yet, while it hints at refinement to come, it is still on the youthfully coarse side and gets ever-so-slightly abrasive in the latter going.  It will handily turn the trick as a partner to a simply grilled rib-eye steak in the short term, but another couple of years in the cellar are sure to make it more likeable yet.” -88 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wines, March 2018 Issue

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2014 Z Cuvée

Check back in September for full review. "Cola, black raspberries, lilacs and a hint of tar show on the nose of this blend of 45% Grenache, 44% Mourvèdre, 9% Cinsaut and 2% Syrah. Dense flavors of red and purple fruit lead into chipped asphalt and gravel on the palate." - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2018 Issue

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2015 Amphora Syrah
"Tasted as a tank samples and brought up all in clay terracotta amphoras, the 2015 Syrah Amphora (100% Syrah) is deep purple colored and has terrific notes of black and blue fruits, white pepper and flower, medium-bodied richness, stunning purity and the firm, tight style of the vintage. It has impressive concentration, but will need short term cellaring." - 90-92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, 2017

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2015 Pinot Noir

"This is a stunning Pinot Noir, especially from a Syrah-focused winery. Beautiful aromas of lavender, thyme, wild mint and dewy spring sage meet with crushed graphite and fresh raspberries on the nose. The palate coalesces those elements expertly, with red cherry and strawberry syrup dusted by herbs and finished by licorice, all presented on a soft yet engaging texture." 95 points Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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White Wine

2013 Chardonnay

"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 Magazine, February 2016 Issue

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2013 Grenache Blanc

"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." - 87 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2016 Issue

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2013 Roussanne

"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." - 88 points, Wine Advocate, September 2016 Issue

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2013 Roussanne

"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." - 88 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), September 2016 Issue

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2013 Roussanne

"Lemon-lime soda aromas meet with orange blossom, toast, lanolin, and steel on the nose of this voluptuous yet well-defined bottling. It's tightly wound on the palate, with lemon, grapefruit rind, and crushed limestone flavors, bound by a chalky texture, showing deft restraint for a Roussanne." - 91 points, Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2017 Issue

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2013 Roussanne
"Depth and energy separate this very vital, well-made wine from most of its varietal mates, and, if not a wine that immediately jumps out of the glass, it leads with a fresh, mineral-accented nose that smacks mildly of flowers, green peaches, and sweet citrus and then builds on the palate. It is moderately full-bodied with plenty of life and very fine length, and it has the impeccable balance of a decidedly age worthy Roussanne that is guaranteed to reward another few years of waiting. GOOD VALUE." - 90 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, April 2017 Issue

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2013 Roussanne
"The nose is notably bold and rich with golden fruits with notes of tree sap and spun sugar notes. The palate is well-poised and polished fruit with a lively acid-kissed texture. Drink 2017-2021." - 92 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2013 Viognier
"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." – 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2015 Issue

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2013 Viognier
"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" – 88 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2015 Issue

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

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2013 Z Blanc

"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." - 90 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2015 Issue

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2013 Z Blanc

"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." - 89 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, March 2016 Issue

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2013 Z Blanc

"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." - 88 points, Wine Spectator Magazine, 2016 - web only

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2013 Z Blanc
"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 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2016 Issue

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2014 Roussanne

"Crisp aromas of key lime pith, nectarine, lemon blossom and chalk show on the restrained, tightly woven nose of this bottling by Eric Mohseni. The palate offers a texturally tight feel, with supple flavors of grapefruit rind, cherimoya, honeysuckle and Gravenstein apple." - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2018 Issue

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2014 Viognier

"Clean and crisp, mixing white grapefruit, apple, and peach flavors, accented by toast and dried floral notes. Refreshing finish." - 88 points, (Best Buy), Wine Spectator Magazine, March 2016 Issue


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2014 Viognier

"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 Magazine, February 2016 Issue


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2014 Viognier

"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." - 88 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2015 Issue

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2014 Z Blanc
"This blend of 66% Roussanne, 28% Grenache Blanc and 6% Viognier shows even more Roussanne character than the pioneering winery's single variety Roussanne. Honey, Marcona almond, praline and lemon curd aromas lead to a grippy palate full of judiciously presented vanilla, marzipan, and mango flavors, with a beeswax note on the finish." - 91 points, (Editors' Choice), Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2017 Issue

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2014 Z Blanc
"The sunny, high-elevation Zaca Mesa estate is one of the warmer spots in the Santa Ynez Valley, its warmth bringing balanced ripeness to this blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. The vines grow in soils based on shale and sand. There's no escaping the oak here, but the exuberance of the wine's tangerine flavor takes charge, melding with the oak into a mineral-tinged honeycomb flavor that lasts. Its sophisticated richness will match chicken liver mousse." - 91 points (Best Buy), Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2017 Issue

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2015 Chardonnay

"Light and subtle yet distinct aromas of pineapple meet with crushed white rocks on the nose of this bottling. Pineapple juice flavors also arise on the palate, with is lean and crisp with touches of ripe lemon and pear flesh." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2015 Viognier
"A nose of white pepper, peach and notes of apricot. The palate is beautifully laid on, crisp and luxurious golden stone fruits. Nice weight as well. Drink 2017-2020." - 91 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2015 Viognier

"Rich but not overly tropical on the nose, this bottling shows buttered nectarine and a touch of honeydew on the nose. The palate is expertly wound up, with bright tangerine, ripe melon and creamy cherimoya, all reined in by a wet cement-like texture." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2015 Z Blanc

"Well integrated aromas of Meyer lemon skins, beeswax, Bosc pear, nectarine, lime blossom and crushed chalk show on the nose of this blend of 68% Grenache Blanc, 27% Roussanne and 5% Viognier. Tightly wound flavors of cantaloupe rind, key lime pith and lemon peels lead into a squeaky finish." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2017 Issue

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2016 Viognier

“Fresh and lively and very well-focused if not among the flashier, more lavish Viogniers, this carefully crafted offering is charged with lots of keen and continuous, white peach fruit with a subtle, yet insistent flowery presence.  It is a lovely, beautifully balanced, medium-full-bodied look at the grape whose vital flavors are as refreshing as they are varietally on point, and its notably modest price makes it all the easier to like.” - 90 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wines, March 2018 Issue

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Rosé Wine

2013 Z Gris Rose
"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 Magazine, July 2014 Issue

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2014 Z Gris
 "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." - 88 points,  Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2015 Issue

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2015 Z Gris Rosé
"A pretty shade of pink bordering on mauve, this bottling shows bright watermelon, fresh strawberry and even red-plum aromas on the nose. The palate is zesty, almost effervescent, with baking-soda texture and lots of energy on the sip but not tons of flavor, with light red-berry elements." - 87 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2016 Issue

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2016 Z Gris Rosé

"This winery has been making rosé for more than two decades, and nails the recipe especially well this vintage. The brilliant salmon-pink wine shows watermelon, light red cherry and a stony quality on the nose, while the grippy palate engages from the get-go with red plum, riverstone and gravel on the tip of the sip. Strawberry flavors carry through the strong acidity, and the finish is all about texture." 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2017 Issue

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2016 Z Gris Rosé
 "The nose is rose petal, strawberry, and bright cranberry. The palate is clean, crisp and redolent of cherry and strawberry showing stunning purity. Drink 2017-2019." - 94 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017 Issue

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2017 Z Gris Rosé

"Soft red plum, rose petal and raspberry aromas are cut by tangerine rinds on the nose of this rosé. There's a zippy structure and grippy texture on the palate, which carry fresh flavors of strawberry, lemon pith and the pop of bubblegum." - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 2018 Issue

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