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.
"Joey Tensley’s 2009 OGT Syrah is another beautiful wine. A blend of fruit from Colson Canyon (50%), Turner (25%) and Thompson (25%), it bursts from the glass with dark fruit, leather, smoke, incense and tobacco. The OGT has an inner strength and steeliness that is impossible to miss."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Rich, intense and complex, with a range of loamy earth, dried currant, wild berry and cranberry that have a spicy black licorice edge. Ends with chewy tannins."