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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
(search item no. 121451)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $259.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 OGT Syrah is once again a blend of 50% Colson Canyon Syrah, 25% Thompson Syrah, and 25% Tierra Alta Syrah. The Colson brings weight, inky color, and notes of chocolate, violets, and smoke while the Thompson asserts itself with bright red fruit, mouthwatering acidity and solid structure. The Tierra Alta balances out the equation with deep berry flavors and minerality complimented by a hint of white pepper. When we decided to name this wine for our son, Oliver Gunnar Tensley, we knew that each year we would ask ourselves – how does this wine reflect his personality? In this vintage we'd have to say that the Colson represents Oliver's open-heartedness, warmth and friendliness while the Thompson speaks to Oliver's more serious, grounded side. Finally the Tierra Alta reminds us of Oliver's quick wit and sense of fun and spontaneity. Our final OGT blend is a fruit forward Syrah that is rich, viscous and inviting.
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About Tensley:

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.