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Zaca Mesa Z Gris 2001
Yes, we know. Its pink. And someplace or another, somebodys probably told you that All Pink Wines Are Sweet. Well--not our Z Gris. Its a bone-dry blend made from the free-run juice of the five varietals that make up our Z Cuvée. This dry rosé is in the tradition of the southern Rhône Valley, bled from the Z Cuvée varieties just as they start to to pick up a little color; we then ferment it until its completely dry. With food, its possibly the most versatile wine we produce, being equally at home with foods that are hot and spicy and all manner of salads and sandwiches. While its traditionally thought of as a spring and summer wine, its also the perfect wine to bridge the gaps of the broad range of foods served during the holidays.
And next time some "expert" tries to "educate" you that All Pink Wines Are Sweet, you can just sit back and smile.
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.