Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2018 | ‘Magical Syrah’ 98pts Jeb Dunnuck
Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2018 presents a Brooding, dark, black-purple in color. While aromas of smoked meat, stewed blackberries, blueberries, dried herbs, clove, cracked pepper, and toasted vanilla fill the air. Highly concentrated, with firm, fine tannins. And a palate loaded with fresh blackberry, black plum, and a myriad of spices and smoke. The finish is massive but also balanced. Most of all, in a blind tasting, it could easily pass for top-quality Northern Rhône.
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98JD | The deepest colored Syrah in the lineup. the Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2018 comes from a great vineyard located in the hills above the town of Los Olivos. Awesome notes of blackberries, toasted spice (there’s some new oak in this wine), ground herbs, peppered meat, and earth all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, deep, layered wine that has plenty of tannins, good acidity, and a huge finish. It’s a magical Syrah from Tensley, and my money is on it being the finest to date.
Colson Canyon Vineyard | Santa Ynez Mountains
It was love at first sight for Winemaker Joey Tensley when he originally spied the rugged Colson Canyon Vineyard back in 1997. In addition, perched high up at an elevation of 1,400 feet. While the combination of warm days and cool nights produce dense, fruit-forward wines with opulent jamminess.
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Colson Canyon Vineyard, high up in the Santa Ynez Mountains north of Los Olivos, has been providing exceptional Syrah to Joey Tensley since 2000. This fruit has helped Tensley become the most honored Syrah maestro on the coast. Notably, one vintage flirting with Robert Parker perfection at 99 points.
Winemakers Joey and Jennifer Tensley
Joey and his talented winemaker wife Jennifer Tensley cobbled their resources together and launched a label that has upended the wine world. In 1998 Joey Tensley launched Tensley Wines with one hundred cases and one single goal. To start a well-priced, Syrah-driven brand that lets the unique vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for themselves. The Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2018 delivers just that.