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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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."
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.
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
(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...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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