Tensley Syrah BMT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from California

Item No. 121454
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • boutique wine
  • V94
  • WS92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • RP97
  • WS95
  • 2007
  • RP96
  • WS94

Winemaker's Notes

As unbelievable as it is to us, our niece Bailey is now 16-years-old. She has really changed since our first BMT vintage back in 2003. Our once-little niece is now a beautiful, sophisticated young woman – with a driver's license! Time truly does fly. In making this year's BMT we added a little something different – 15% Turner Vineyard Syrah for a touch of pepper to spice up the finish. It just seemed a fitting reflection of Bailey's growing confidence and sharp wit. We also blended in 40% Tierra Alta Syrah to create a lovely, earthy base, 30% Colson Canyon Grenache for notes of black cherries and blueberries, and 15% Colson Canyon Syrah for notes of purple plums, cassis, chocolate and coffee. This wine is elegant and silky and definitely age-worthy. This BMT should continue to mature beautifully over the next ten years.

Critical Acclaim

"An element of floral lift from the addition of 25% Colson Canyon Grenache distinguishes the 2009 BMT Syrah from the rest of the wines in this lineup. The BMT wraps around the palate with serious intensity. Layers of fruit continue to build as the wine flows through to its vibrant, perfumed finish. A last burst of juicy, ripe fruit rounds things out in compelling fashion."
94 Points

"A rich, dense, extracted style, with loads of dried blackberry, wild berry, pepper, spice, sage and cedar that are compact and in need of cellaring. Slow to unfold, but as it does this reveals the tight mix of flavors and firm tannins."
92 Points

Learn 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.

Learn About Other California

California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

Read More About Other California

Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(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...

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