Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County 2019 | Cult Quality in a Value-Priced Bottle 93pts
Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County 2019 presents a deep, rich purple-magenta color. Jammy aromas of loganberry, blackberry, and plum marry seamlessly with peppercorn, rosemary, and a touch of smoked meat. While building in complexity as the wine opens. Bold and muscular, concentrated, but not too rich. Then striking a refined balance of rich black fruits, firm chewy tannins, and a medium-full body. So, this classic Rhône-inspired beauty packs tremendous value in its tightly woven frame. Drink now – 2028.
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93JD | Elegant, complex notes of red plums, blackberries, toasted spiced, peppered meats, and flowery incense. While all giving way to a medium to full-bodied Syrah. In addition, showing silky tannins, no hard edges, and just a balanced, layered style that’s impossible to resist. Hence, it’s beautifully done, as well as a smoking value. Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County 2019 will evolve for 8-10 years.
Bold, Muscular, and Concentrated
Bold, muscular, and concentrated, Tensley’s 2019 delivers tons of dark berry and plum flavors, married seamlessly with peppercorn, rosemary, and a touch of smoked meat. Showing the combination of sites—some dry and windy, some cool and foggy—as well as the 99-point master’s signature in its refined balance and bountiful black fruits, this is California red wine at its finest.
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This 2019 Syrah is the kind of finely balanced blockbuster that made everyone fall in love with Tensley. As Dunnuck put it, Tensley’s wines are “dollar for dollar… some of the greatest wines out there
Winemakers Joey and Jennifer Tensley
So, 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 Santa Barbara County 2019 delivers just that.