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Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2017

Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

This is the second vintage of Colson Canyon Syrah that we’ve produced since purchasing the vineyard in 2016. Buying Colson was nothing short of a dream come true for us. Colson has been part of our portfolio since 2000, and it’s been a real superstar for us, garnering Food and Wine Magazine’s Best Syrah in America award as well as making the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 twice. Since taking over Colson, we’ve dedicated ourselves to meticulously farming this unique location. We’ve thinned the canopy, dropped crop and carefully monitored watering. As a result, we feel that 2016 and 2017 have been the best Colson vintages to date. This wine is rich and deep with decadent notes of chocolate, bacon, and black fruits, The mouthfeel is round and velvety with a long, lingering finish. Look for hints of vanilla from the 20 percent new French oak we use on each vintage. Drink this wine now or age it over the next 12 years.

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JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
I loved the 2017 Syrah Colson Canyon, a classic Tensley Syrah with its plum and darker fruits, peppery herbs, olive, and savory meatiness. Possessing full bodied richness, impressive purity of fruit, and a big finish, it’s another winner that will keep for 10-15 years.
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Deeply structured yet rich and polished, with smoked meat, huckleberry and garrigue notes that jaunt toward big but refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2028.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard, tasted from barrel, offers up sweet, primary aromas of ripe blackberries, bacon fat, smoke and grilled meat. On the palate, it's still early days to make any kind of judgment, but the wine reveals bright acids and lots of chalky structure.
Range: 91-93
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Tensley, California
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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.

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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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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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