Our Wines

March’s Featured Wine of the Month

Grenache Blanc

At Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards, we believe that great wine begins in the vineyard. With our complex sandy loam soils, high elevation and temperate climate, our vineyards are ideally suited for growing Rhône varieties in Santa Barbara County. Zaca Mesa is dedicated to crafting high quality, 100% estate wines that showcase the nuances of our vineyard and region.

White Wines

Viognier

Estate Vineyard
2017
90 pts Antonio Galloni

The 2017 is a stunning, pure and elegant expression Viognier. The nose is laser-focused with stone fruits and white flowers. With beautiful energy on the palate, its mouthwatering acidity carries persistent flavors of nectarine and citrus peel.

Z Cuvée Blanc

Estate Vineyard
2017

This 2017 Z Cuvee Blanc is sure to draw you in with its intense aromas of citrus blossom, honey, yellow apple, and madeleine cake. At first sip, flavors of mixed stone fruits and green apple dominate. As the wine is allowed to unfold, the creamy palate texture expands, lengthening the finish and carrying notes of spiced pear tartlet

Rosé of Grenache

Estate Vineyard
2018

90 pts Antonio Galloni
The 2018 Rosé of Grenache is enticing with aromas of watermelon granita and flint. Mouthwatering flavors of nectarine, muddled strawberry and grapefruit integrate seamlessly into a long mineral driven finish.

Roussanne

Estate Vineyard
2016

Roussanne is revered for its ability to age gracefully and this vintage of 2016 Roussanne is sure to follow suit. It is beautifully expressive offering notes of yellow apple, citrus blossom, lemon shortbread, and crisp persimmon. The creamy texture is nuanced with spiced pear and honeycomb, which seamlessly fades into notes of citrus zest and bright lingering acidity. Enjoy now or drink over the next decade.

Grenache Blanc

Estate Vineyard
2017

This 2017 Grenache Blanc is lavish with aromas of yellow apple, nectarine, beeswax and flint. The fleshy middle palate delivers intense flavors of ripe stone fruits, green melon and lemon thyme, that slowly transition into mouthwatering acidity and lingering mineral notes of crushed rock and wet stone.

Chardonnay


Sierra Madre Vineyard
2018

This 2018 single vineyard Chardonnay from Sierra Madre vineyard is joyful and energetic. In the glass the wine is generous with aromas of yellow apple and ripe melon, while hints of crushed seashells and bread crust provide a touch of restraint. Fleshy stone fruits and Asian pear are introduced on the palate, then quickly swept away by flavors of tart lemon curd and citrus peel. The lingering mineral finish is beautifully accented by notes of sliced almonds and proofed bread dough. .

Pinot Blanc


Bien Nacido Vineyards
2018

The 2018 Pinot Blanc unfolds with subtle aromas of wet stone, melon, citrus leaf, and bread dough. The creamy textured palate is laced with flavors of crisp pear and yellow apple, balanced by fresh citrus and lingering mineral notes of crushed white rock

Red Wines

Estate Syrah

Estate Vineyard
2016

94 pts Antonio Galloni
This Syrah is a striking example of the 2016 vintage. Vivid dark berry fruits meld with cured meat, leather, and iron, to create a mesmerizing bouquet. It’s full bodied with a lush middle palate, persistent with flavors of ripe black cherry, and plum skin. The fleshy tannins linger, with hints of toasted French oak.

Z Cuvée

Estate Vineyard
2016

Our 2016 Z Cuvée is a beautiful reflection of the harmony created when blending our favorite red Rhône varietals; Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. Each varietal is perfectly interwoven, revealing a dynamic bouquet of red and black fruits, potpourri, and dried herbs. The soft and seductive tannins are energized by flavors of tart spiced plum and cocoa dusted black cherries.

Mesa Reserve Syrah

Estate Vineyard
2016

Robust and concentrated, this 2016 Mesa Reserve Syrah is a knockout. Dark notes of charred black fruits and chocolate are lifted by dried purple flowers and wet clay. The palate is round, carrying flavors of blackberry compote and sweet tobacco. Chewy tannins are balanced by fresh cherries and a blend of baking spices, complements of French oak aging. A perfect wine to decant and savor with your favorite cut of grilled lamb or beef.

Z Three

Estate Vineyard
2015

The 2015 Z Three is dark and brooding with layered aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and smoked meats. The toasted baking spices, introduced by the French oak, complement the dense middle palate structure sweetened by a core of macerated black fruits, and dark chocolate. Roasted black cherry flavors frame the ample tannins and add a refreshing lift to the finish.

    

Mourvèdre

Estate Vineyard
2016

The 2016 Mourvèdre is an enchanting wine. Dominating aromas of red tart fruits and leather are complexed by notes of fresh churned earth and tobacco leaf. The silky tannins glide across your palate with flavors of black cherry, dried cranberry, and baking spices.

Grenache

Estate Vineyard
2017

 The 2017 Grenache was produced from grapes grown in our oldest estate Grenache block, Mariposa F. These vines were grafted in 1991 onto rootstock that was originally planted in 1973. The maturity of these vines combined with slightly reduced yields in 2017, produced a wine with an expressive bouquet, complemented by a graceful palate. The aromas are pure and focused, displaying notes of ripe strawberry, tea, dried rose petals, and raspberry liqueur. Fine-grained chalky tannins seamlessly integrate with flavors of pomegranate and raspberry preserve. The fresh acidity aids in carrying out persistent flavors of dried bay leaf, nutmeg, and tart cherry 

 

Eight Barrel Syrah

Estate Vineyard
2016

92 pts Antonio Galloni
Notes of muddled blackberry, churned earth, and dried bay leaf meld into juicy black plum and cocoa powder. The dense concentrated palate unfolds with intense flavors of tart black fruits and sweet spices. The bold flavors and firm tannin structure are lifted by notes of crushed violet and vibrant acidity. Give this 2016 Eight Barrel Syrah some breathing room and it will be sure to impress.

Chapel G Syrah

Estate Vineyard
2016

93 pts Antonio Galloni
90 pts Jeb Dunnuck

   Black fruits, churned earth, clay and sage dominate the nose on this impressive 2016 Chapel G Syrah. The tannins melt on your palate framing flavors of fresh boysenberry, crushed violets, and cocoa. A powerful, yet graceful expression of Syrah from the Chapel G Block.

  

Black Bear Block Syrah

Estate Vineyard
2015

Our 2015 Black Bear Block Syrah has a bouquet of blackberry, anise, black currant, and dried sage. The wine is graceful on the palate, showing hints of toasted oak spice, violet and fine grain tannin. It has tension, energy and depth, a pure reflection of our vineyard site.

Pinot Noir


Bien Nacido Vineyards
2017

93 pts Wine Enthusiast
With marine-cooled windswept hillsides and sandy sedimentary soils, Bien Nacido is a premiere vineyard for Pinot Noir in California, producing wines of great perfume and elegance. Our 2017 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir embodies this with exquisite aromatics of lively red fruits, dried rose petal and hints of crushed stone. The palate develops further with notes of bright raspberry & cherry, tea spices and subtle minerality across an expansive and elegant structure.

Cabernet Sauvignon


Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
2017

This 2017 bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon introduces itself with a commanding presence on the nose, evoking notes of shaved cedar, accented by an undertone of freshly sliced pluots. Its entry on the palate is quite sensorial, reminiscent of the sweet crunch of biting into a taut black cherry. The fruit is met by dusty tannins and a persistent earthen mouthfeel, slowly cascaded by a youthful acidity that ushers in tones of blackberry preserves and the fine texture of strawberry seeds.

Inceptive

Estate Vineyard
2016

93 pts Wine Enthusiast
92 pts Antonio Galloni

The 2016 Inceptive is a vibrant wine, showing aromas of vine picked blackberries, crushed rock, and graphite. Round silky tannins cascade along your palate, releasing concentrated flavors of mixed black fruits and violet. The long mineral finish has an energy and focus that can only be described as electric.

Clydesdale

Estate Vineyards
2016

94 pts Wine Enthusiast
92 pts Antonio Galloni

The 2016 Clydesdale is a superb expression of Syrah from our estate vineyard. The core of black fruit is intertwined with notes of violet, tobacco, and leather. The voluminous texture cascades the palate, carrying flavors of red plum, blackberry, and hints of toasted spice. With impressive depth and character, Clydesdale is well suited for cellaring, while its barrel age allows it to be enjoyed upon release.

Toyon

Santa Ynez Valley
2017

The 2017 Toyon is a dynamic blend of Rhône and Bordeaux varietals. Layered ripe black fruits are seasoned with notes of cigar and cocoa. The dusty tannins are expansive; supporting bold flavors of dried black cherry, plum, blackberry and sweet tobacco.

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