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Tenshen Red 2016

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750ML / 15.5% ABV
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4.5 12 Ratings
750ML / 15.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dark cherry, white pepper, and spring floral aromas blend with dense blackberry flavors, sweet tannins, and a juicy finish.

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Dark yet joyous on the nose, this blend shows blackberry, black plum, purple flower and uncracked peppercorn on the nose. There's a soft entry to the palate, where dark fruit and roasted meat flavors are framed by fresh acidity and polished tannins.
WW 90
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COMMENTARY: Power reds, and what do they have to do with our lives? Aside from staining my teeth purple, these wines can be pretty good. The 2016 Tenshen Red wine is impressive in keeping it all together. TASTING NOTES: This wine is rich, extracted, and rounded on the palate. Its richness should pair well with grilled pork ribs. (Tasted: July 2, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WS 89
Wine Spectator
A lively blend, with generous blueberry and cherry flavors accented by smoked pepper and white pepper notes. Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023.
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Tenshen

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Tenshen, California
Tenshen is a play on words that nods to winemakers Joey Tensley and Alex Guarachi’s winemaking acumen and the tension that occurs when harvesting. Tenshen’s thought provoking Rhone blends are tenacious and alluring. The reds exhibit brooding dark fruit that is accented by Santa Barbara spice and completed by a mouthwatering finish.
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Santa Barbara

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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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