Zaca Mesa Mesa Reserve Syrah 2012
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley|
Not as deeply purple as other Syrahs, this bottling shows more broad red-fruit aromas of caramelized cherry along with lilacs, violets, crushed black rocks and vanilla cola. Mulberry, dark strawberry and plum elements bring intrigue to the palate, which also offers savory black sesame and hoisin notes.
Less successful than past vintages, the 2012 Syrah Mesa Reserve offers lots of chocolate, mulled dark fruits and vanilla in a medium to full-bodied, slightly rustic, chewy, yet still enjoyable style. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
Appealing, if a bit routine, with cedar, raspberry and dried herb accents. Drink now through 2021. 1,023 cases made.