Tensley Tierra Alta Syrah 2010
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
In 2010 Tierra Alta lowered its output by dropping their crop to one cluster per shoot for a yield of about two and a half tons per acre. The result is a darker and more concentrated Tierra Alta than we have seen in years past. But have no fear, this Tierra Alta still shines with all the wonderful characteristics that its famed clone has to offer. The 99 Syrah clone is known for its mineral and earthy nuances and dynamic yet elegant fruit notes. So while this vintage is very extracted, it is also very finessed and feminine. This wine is driven by velvety flavors of plum, violet, and blueberry balanced by a strong backbone of lively acidity. Try this Syrah with duck or turkey as well as heartier meat dishes. Drink this wine now or age it over the next 8 or 9 years.
Wine Spectator - "Exhibits a broad range of supple flavors, extending from beefy wild berry to touches of blueberry, tomato paste and olive tapenade to loamy earth. Beautifully balanced, this is elegant and stylish. Drink now through 2023."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry-cola on the nose, with deeper notes of licorice, cured meat and candied violet. The lush, creamy palate offers brighter red fruit flavors and shows excellent clarity and exotic floral character. Displays an intriguing blend of richness and vivacity, finishing with outstanding power and sweet, harmonious tannins. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard shows off gorgeous red fruit, floral notes and sweet spices, all of which add complexity to the wine’s medium-bodied personality. There is an inner sweetness and directness in the 2010 that is either missing or just not apparent today in the 2009. Sweet floral and spiced notes wrap around the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020."
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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. View all Tensley Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.