Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County 2020 | Cult Quality in a Value-Priced Bottle
Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County 2020 presents a Deep purple in color. Ripe blackberry and black-plum aromas are complemented by notes of cedar, cracked pepper, violets, flint, and charcuterie. It’s full-bodied, with velvety tannins balancing a fresh acidity that keeps the wine light on its feet. While black fruit, peppery spice, and a touch of toastiness mingle on the palate, melding seamlessly on a long finish. Drink now–2029.
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With his 2020 Syrah Santa Barbara, Joey Tensley—fresh off his first 100-point score—throws down the exact kind of bottle that made him a superstar and landed him in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for four years in a row. Showing off a combination of vineyards as well as the 100-point master’s signature in its refined balance and bountiful black fruits, this is California red wine at its finest.
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. While showing the combination of sites—some dry and windy, some cool and foggy. And 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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So, this 2020 Syrah makes everyone fall in love with Tensley’s finely balanced blockbuster. In addition, 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. Hence, to start a well-priced, Syrah-driven brand that lets the unique vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for themselves. Of course, the Tensley Syrah Santa Barbara County 2019 delivers just that.