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2015 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah

SKU #1298642 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is a straight up, beast of a Syrah. Its glass staining purple color is followed by a smorgasbord of Syrah goodness; blackberry jam, plums, exotic flowers, hints of tapenade, scrub brush and violets all literally soar from the glass. This gives way to a full-bodied, unctuous, and concentrated 2015 that has sweet tannin, notable freshness and a great finish. It’s primary and incredibly un-evolved, and needs 2-3 years of cellaring, yet is a sensational wine. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is structured and inward, with huge tannins that will need time to soften. Bright red fruit, menthol, licorice and pine are starting to open up, but the 2015 is in no mood to show all of its cards today. Readers should expect to cellar it for at least a few years. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark There's plenty of power and torque in this inky red, with aromas of ripe blueberry, tar and licorice opening to complex flavors of smoky plum and peppered beef. The tannins are big but refined. Drink now through 2027. *Highly Recommended* (TF) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This bottling is still very young and will vastly improve with time, but already shows many of the components that make this remote mountain-surrounded vineyard one of the more exciting slices of the region. Aromas of black currant and purple flowers are deep and heady, while the palate's richer blackberry-syrup notes are cut by a black-plum tang, fresh underbrush herbaceousness and tons of cola spice. (MK) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

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By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2018 | Send Email
This powerful Syrah comes from Tensley's Colson Canyon Vineyard, a mountainous site at approx 1,400 feet in elevation in the Santa Maria Valley. The 2015 vintage showed dark fruits, deep concentration and firm structure due to the previous years of drought. There is blackberry, rhubarb and blueberry fruit on the nose along with dried meats and a floral lift. This is a fantastic Syrah with enough structure to withstand some time in the cellar, but can also be enjoyed now.

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