2009 Santa Ynez Valley Black Bear Block Syrah
Syrah •Estate Vineyard
California: Santa Barbara County: Santa Ynez Valley
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Today’s Zaca Mesa 2009 Santa Ynez Valley Black Bear Block Syrah is a fantastic, dare we say amazing, Syrah that we can’t recommend highly enough.
When our tasting panel, led by our own Agent Red, tasted this wonder of a wine, it was unanimously decided that we would buy up every remaining case. Unfortunately, the wine will sell out. Please be sure to place your order for this darkly complex, aromatically enticing and exceedingly delicious wonder of a wine - before we sell out!
At its heart, a nearly perfectly opaque, almost midnight garnet, transitioning into a beautiful red ruby at the very edge of the glass.
Absolutely beautiful and aromatic on the nose, with smoky, stewed blackberry and cassis mingling with cedarwood, mocha, sage, and black pepper spice.
Rich and refined, with concentrated notes of reduced blackberry, sweet plum, and black cherry laid overtop licorice, sweet tobacco leaf, espresso bean, dark chocolate, dried sage, and a subtle minerality.
Soft and silky, with both power and balance, this is fantastic wine with beautiful lingering finish. At the very end, just a hint of a lovely graphite minerality.
Greek spiced lamb kebabs, seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and garlic, served alonside grilled vegetables.
What the Winery Says
- Eric Mohseni
- 96 Points and Top 100 Wines of 2013 - Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points - Wine Spectator
- Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California
- Estate grown and bottled
- Fruit Composition
- 99% Syrah, 1% Viognier
- 16 months in French oak