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2003 Zaca Mesa Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Syrah

Winery: Zaca Mesa

Vintage: 2003

Wine Name/Vineyard:

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 98% Syrah & 2% Viognier

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Ynez

State or country: CA

Price: $22

Cases produced: 10,693

KWG Score: 89.4 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: February 5, 2008

Wine Review: This value Syrah from the 2003 vintage is showing quite nicely right now and finished in fourth spot in our recent blind tasting of Syrah wines. This medium purple colored wine opens with a spicy blackberry like bouquet with hints of earth, and dried fig. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is smooth, juicy, and displays oaky blackberry flavors with some anise and dark chocolate as well. The finish is very dry, woody, has some noticeable tannin, and is a bit brief. The panel would pair this wine with a nice T-bone steak. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Our Syrah displays rich blackberry, cassis and our signature sage spice aromas and flavors. The finish lingers from the ripe tannins and smoky oak. This full-bodied wine should be enjoyed over the next ten years. A traditional pairing for this wine is a leg of lamb marinated in rosemary and garlic. However, a peppercorn steak or mushroom risotto would work incredibly well. – Clay Brock, Winemaker

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