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Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee 1998

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Winemaker Notes

The married varietals express red and black fruit flavors, a wide array of spices, and big, silky textures. The Grenaches forward rich aromas of raspberry jam and the Counoises distinct strawberry and ripe cherry nuances blend perfectly with the Cinsauts plush mid-palate contribution of plums, spice and a silky mouth-feel. Typically as the wine ages, these aromas evolve into eucalyptus and sagebrush fragrances which mimic the vineyards surrounding landscape. The black fruit flavors, anise, and earth tones come from the Mourvedre and the Syrah. Both give this wine a firm backbone of rounded tannin around a textured and densely layered middle.

Enjoy this wine with your Thanksgiving meal, unique in its ability to match with almost any foods flavor or spice. Spicy Penne Puttanesca, Santa Maria Tri-Tip and seared tuna are all favorite matches with the Z Cuvee. Our 1997 Z Cuvee is delicious to drink now, but will continue to improve over the next 10 years. Buy a case and watch it age!

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Zaca Mesa

Zaca Mesa

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Zaca Mesa, Central Coast, 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.

MSW1119181_1998 Item# 15727