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Zaca Mesa

USA, Syrah, Zaca Mesa, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, 2007

Note: let breathe at least an hour post opening / decanting. Well worth it. She blossoms. N/ Clean. Candied, stewed plums. Taffy. Warm, deep oaks. Sugared gunpowder. Black pepper. Lightly crushed granite. T/ Full mouthfeel. Massive, but clean, tannic backbone. Woods in totally harmony with blackberries, black fruits, and stewed, soft plums. Long, jammy, slightly […]

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USA, Syrah, Zaca Mesa, Santa Ynez Valley, 2005

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N/ Barrel room. Dark, brooding plums – just like I like ’em. Smoked black pepper. Slight game. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, sharp edges. Slightly chalky. Very well balanced oaky, plummed-up delight. Excellent winemaking, especially for the price! Price = $17. Astounding. 96

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Rhone Blends / Rhone Varietal Blind Tasting

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Attended a blind Rhone Blend and Rhone Varietal tasting last night… Individual wines will be posted, but here is the summary… Methods… – As per usual, wines were all poured double blind and rated over 1-3 hours. – SanTasti pallet cleaning beverage was utilized. – Chinese food was eaten (our host recounted that Robert Parker himself […]

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