Overview of the Wine
Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1973 by John Cushman and five friends, who purchased the property the year prior. As the third winery established in Santa Barbara County, experimentation was an integral part of Zaca Mesa’s early days. Several different varieties were planted to see which grapes would be the best suited to the estate’s unique terroir. After many trials, Zaca Mesa’s first winemaker, Ken Brown, planted Syrah in 1978, establishing Zaca Mesa as the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County. This block of Syrah remains the oldest Syrah block on the Central Coast and is now known as the Black Bear Block.
Grape / Blend
Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
2016 took a step back towards normal after two of our warmest vintages and earliest harvests on record. An early bud-break in March started the year ahead of schedule, but spring temperatures were generally average. Early summer saw a return to the heat, but Mother Nature quickly hit the brakes in August and September allowing the vines to slow their accumulation of sugar and loss of acidity.
The 2016 Clydesdale is a superb expression of Syrah from our estate vineyard. The core of black fruits are intertwined with notes of violet, tobacco, and leather. The voluminous texture cascades along your palate, carrying flavors of red plum, blackberry, and hints of toasted spice. This wine is impressive with depth and character, perfectly suited to age in your wine cellar for many years to come, or enjoy upon release.
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
A beautiful nose of cassis, caramel, charred pork, bacon fat, white pepper and mocha kick this off. Espresso, teriyaki and grilled meats complete the savory picture of the palate.
Product size: 750ml