Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from California
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.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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. View all Tensley Wines
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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 wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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