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Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008

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Winemaker Notes

Our 2008 OGT Syrah is once again a blend of 50% Colson Canyon Syrah, 25% Thompson Syrah, and 25% Tierra Alta Syrah. The Colson brings weight, inky color, and notes of chocolate, violets, and smoke while the Thompson asserts itself with bright red fruit, mouthwatering acidity and solid structure. The Tierra Alta balances out the equation with deep berry flavors and minerality complimented by a hint of white pepper. When we decided to name this wine for our son, Oliver Gunnar Tensley, we knew that each year we would ask ourselves – how does this wine reflect his personality? In this vintage we'd have to say that the Colson represents Oliver's open-heartedness, warmth and friendliness while the Thompson speaks to Oliver's more serious, grounded side. Finally the Tierra Alta reminds us of Oliver's quick wit and sense of fun and spontaneity. Our final OGT blend is a fruit forward Syrah that is rich, viscous and inviting.

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RP 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Syrah O.G.T. (100% Syrah from the Colson Canyon (50%), Thompson (25%), and Tierra Alta (25%) vineyards) exhibits a more Asian spice-like character with hints of soy, camphor, acacia flowers, blackberries, and blueberries. A wine of great intensity, full-bodied power, tremendous purity and depth, it is another tour de force from Joey Tensley.
WS 94
Wine Spectator
Amazing aromas of pure, ripe blackberry, anise and flowers lead to subtle earthy mineral flavors. Brims with fruit on the palate, where this is rich, fleshy, full-bodied and elegant, with a long, lingering finish.
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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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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

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