It has been at least a year or so since we’ve been back to Los Olivos (ok maybe not THAT long but it feels like an eternity.) We were so anxious to start hitting some of the vineyards that we haven’t visited yet such as the ones along Foxen Canyon Rd. It is such a beautiful drive through the curvey roads and vineyards. Even if you’re not into wine, treat yourself to a drive and a picnic one day if you’re ever in the area. It won’t disappoint.
We decided to visit Zaca Mesa because I’ve read some wonderful things about them in Wine Enthusiast magazine. I also appreciate the fact they they are dedicated to Rhone Varietals as opposed to the normal Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. (Don’t get me wrong – I love those wines but a girl needs a little variety). They have a few 90+ point wines as part of their repertoire, and I was determined to taste them. One of which is a white that I’m relatively unfamiliar with other than as a blending grape which is a Roussanne. I had never had it as the primary varietal. It’s normally blended with a Marsanne and is found primarily in the Rhone region of France.
Their Roussanne was AHHHMAZING. We loved the notes of figs and apricots. The spice kick at the end also reminded me of a Gewürztraminer – which I love very much. Overall it was a complex wine and definitely their hero wine if I had to pick one. Yum Yum YUMMMMM.
Zaca Mesa’s estate was not only beautiful but had the same vibe as many other tasting rooms in Santa Barbara which is RELAXED. One of the things I love most about SB County wineries is the fact that they are just plain cool. There’s no snobbery and everyone there genuinely loves wine and farming. They also offer healthy tastings for only $10 as opposed to Napa or Sonoma which usually runs into the $20+ range per person.
Their tasting as of this publishing are the following:
2010 Estate Viognier – 91 points WE
2010 Estate Chardonnay
2009 Estate Granche Blanc
2009 Estate Roussanne – 93 points WE
2008 Estate Z-Cuvee (68% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre, 14% Syrah)
2008 Z-Three (51% Syrah, 37% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache) and 89 point WE
With this many amazing wines, it’s impossible not to love at least one and enjoy some snacks on their beautiful property and picnic tables. Our favorites for the day were the Roussanne and the Z-three.
If you’re ever in the area, give them a shout out at:
6905 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441