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Tensley Syrah OGT (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011

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

Each component brings something important to the equation. The Colson Canyon brings a rich, velvety mouthfeel and deep notes of chocolate, blackberries, black currants, and smoked meats while the Tierra Alta adds notes of spice, incense and flowers. The Thompson contributes earthiness, minerality and a nice backbone of tannic structure. The resulting wine is well-structured, fleshy and full-bodied with vibrant, up-front fruit and bright, slightly tangy acidity. The finish is long and lingering. This wine is drinking great now, especially with a few hours of decanting, but will age well over the next 7 to 12 years.

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A blend of 100% Syrah, the 2011 OGT, also released only in magnum, offers off-the-hook aromas and flavors of spice box, toast, bramble and meaty notions that are grounded by a ripe core of plum and berry fruit. Full-bodied, voluptuously textured (which is remarkable given the vintage) and with sweet tannin, it is an awesome Syrah that will drink beautifully for 15+ years. Drink 2016-2026.
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Tensley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, 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—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to 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, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

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

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

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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