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  • GSMs—wines made with Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre—have become one of the world's most popular red wine blends. Fashioned after the wines from France's southern Rhône Valley, these blends are often generous, layered, and flavorful. The 2016 Zaca Mesa Inceptive is as good as there is in the marketplace.

    Zaca Mesa, "Inceptive" Estate Vineyard Red 2016

    • Vintage


    • Varietal

      GSM Red Blend

      65% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache

    • Appellation

      Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California 

    • Wine Profile


      The 2016 vintage of Inceptive is a vibrant wine, showing aromas of vine picked blackberries, crushed rock, and graphite. Round silky tannins cascade along your palate, releasing concentrated flavors of mixed black fruits and violet. The long mineral finish has energy and focus that can only be described as electric.

    • Ratings

      93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

      92 Points - Wilfred Wong

      92 Points - Tasting Panel

      90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

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