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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The grapes for this year's Santa Barbara County Syrah were sourced from five distinct vineyards. 40% of the fruit comes from the Camp 4 Vineyard; 25% is from the Mormon Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills appellation, and the remainder comes from Thompson, Tierra Alta, and Colson Canyon in equal parts. Moorman is a new addition for us and introduces prominent notes of pepper and red fruits typical of Syrahs grown in the cooler Santa Rita Hills climate. The Camp 4 brings bright notes of raspberry and blueberry along with a streak of minerality while the Thompson, Tierra Alta, and Colson combine to add a lush mouthfeel and notes of black stone fruits, smoked meats and chocolate. Drink this wine now or age it over the next 3 to 5 years.
"One of the finest values in Syrah is Tensely’s 2010 Syrah Santa Barbara (100% Syrah aged in neutral oak barrels). The 500 cases of this amazing offering should disappear quickly given what’s in the bottle. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of roasted meats, lavender, cassis, blackberries, charcoal and ink. This ripe, full-bodied, dense wine should drink well for 7-8 years, possibly longer.
The Wine Advocate
Tensley Wines is a family owned and operated winery focusing on vineyard designated Syrah within Santa Barbara County.
Established in 1998, the first release of Tensley totaled just 100 cases. In 2006, our production reached 3,300 cases and included seven single-vineyard Syrahs, the most in Santa Barbara County.
Though we've grown in size, our philosophy has never changed - source the best fruit possible and let the vineyard speak for itself.
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...Read More About Central Coast
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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