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Date Printed: 1/17/2017
Tensley Tierra Alta Syrah 2010
Tensley Tierra Alta Syrah 2010
(search item no. 120639)
has large label
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 1/17/2017: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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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.