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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
(search item no. 121453)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $249.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Each year we strive to make this wine as wonderfully complex as our son, Oliver Gunnar Tensley, himself. Oliver is seven now and full of joy, creativity, curiosity, and imagination. Clearly we had our work cut out for us, but we believe this year's OGT lives up to its name. As always we tasted through several blends before finally making up our minds. In the end, as in years past, we ended up with a blend of 25% Thompson Syrah, 25% Tierra Alta Syrah, and 50% Colson Canyon Syrah. The Colson brings weight, roundness, and rich, dark stone fruits while the Thompson shines with bright red fruit and streaks of earth. The Tierra Alta brings a beautiful balance to the table along with aromatic notes of berries and violets. This wine is lush and round in the mouth with a long finish and solid tannic structure. Much like our wonderful son himself we expect this wine to get better and better with age.
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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.