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Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007

Syrah/Shiraz from California
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Winemaker Notes

As many of you know, before Oliver was born we never blended our single-parcel Syrahs. But once we decided to name a wine for him we knew no single parcel would do. The flavor profile of this wine would have to be as imaginative, creative, joyful, and complex as our little boy himself. As always we tasted several different blends before deciding on the right equation for this year's OGT. In the end we once again chose a 50% Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah, 25% Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah, and 25% Thompson Vineyard Syrah blend. The Colson brings weight, roundness, and rich, dark stone fruits to the table while the Thompson shines with streaks of earth and dark berries. Beautifully balanced tannins that are soft and grainy in the mouth round out the picture of a Syrah that is age-worthy.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Displaying a similar dense purple color, the 2007 Syrah O.G.T. is slightly more accessible, revealing plenty of creme de cassis, incense, spice, and earth notes. Less powerfully extracted and dense compared to its sibling, it is still a big, rich, formidably endowed Syrah meant for long-term cellaring. Rating 95+.
WS 95
Wine Spectator
This supple-textured, full-bodied Syrah shows exquisite balance, with a complex mix of loamy earth, dried currant and wild berry fruit that's pure, focused and even delicate given its size. Ends with a long, smooth finish that keeps returning to the fruit themes.
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Tensley

Tensley

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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.

California

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by 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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