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Zaca Mesa Chardonnay 1998

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    Winemaker Notes

    The Rhone Twist to the 1998 blend is a two percent addition of Viognier for ripe apricot and floral nuances to the bouquet, which also lifts the bright tropical fruit up a notch. Due to cool weather, the grapes did not respire the usual amount of malic acid. Thirty five percent of the blend was allowed to finish malo-lactic fermentation bringing the acid level back into perfect balance.

    This crisp, layered wine shows forward papaya, mango, honey, lemon and cinnamon aromas. The mid-palate is round, showing green apple, pear, and mineral notes. The finish is lively and lengthy carrying the flavors through the mouth straight down the throat. It will be best matched with fresh shellfish, yellowtail or halibut, or a favorite lemon-chicken recipe. Drink this wine over the next 5-6 years.

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    Zaca Mesa

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    Zaca Mesa, California
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    Foremost, Zaca Mesa, where our vineyards are rooted, is a place. This elevated plateau with its extraordinary vistas lies within the unique Santa Barbara coastal mountain corridors. Here, the land is softly pained by sunlight, directly cooled by the Pacific windstreams. For over 2000 years its bounties and its beauty were revered by the Chumash Indians. The Spanish settlers who arrived in the 17th century were the ones who named it "La Zaca Mesa," borrowing the word "Zaca" from the Chumash-meaning "peaceful" and adding their own "Mesa" meaning "table."

    At over 1,500 foot elevation, the Zaca Mesa vineyards are among the highest in Santa Barbara County. Warm sunny days and cool, breezy afternoons produce temperature conditions ideal for our Rhone varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Cinsaut and Counoise.

    This land has always driven our approach to farming. Way back in 1978, when Zaca Mesa was established, it was the first Santa Barbara County winery to plant the lush and luscious red/black Rhone grape Syrah. Zaca Mesa's estate program is now dominated by the incredible, blend-able Rhone superstars.

    We are committed to the highest quality grapes, so year-round, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Ruben and his crew manage our 246 vineyard acres to maximize the unique character of our fruit. This means conservative cropping, resulting in fewer tons per acre, careful pruning to achieve that delicate balance between vigor and crop, and leaf pulling to encourage healthy cluster development.

    Our wines are true to the uniqueness of our estate fruit, with a focus on quality. We are always working with new and exciting varietal blends, wines that pair perfectly with the cuisine of today. A little something off the grill and a glass of Zaca Mesa Syrah (or Chardonnay. or Z Cuvee. or Z Gris), we are proud to bring you our vineyard to your glass.

    MSW4027_1998 Item# 15074