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2013 Tensley "Thompson Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah

SKU #1370180 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Syrah Thompson Vineyard shows the darker, more imposing side of Syrah. Black stone fruits, cracked pepper, lavender, sage and rosemary all make an appearance. The 2013 boasts serious concentration, with a huge core of fruit and tons of intensity. Savory notes appear on the finish, adding further nuance. There is a lot to like here, especially the wine's immediacy. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Always possessing a cool climate feel, the 2013 Syrah Thompson Vineyard comes from 23-year-old vines and was raised almost exclusively in neutral oak. It has a savory, spice, olive and gamy style to go with full-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity and fine tannin. A wine that Tensley says always needs time, it develops nicely in the glass and picks up an appealing chalky minerality on the finish. It should be better in a year or two and drink nicely through 2025. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "While we are proud of every vintage of this serious, structured Syrah, this year’s Thompson makes a particularly impressive statement with some of the most extracted fruit characteristics it has offered to date. Deep, dark notes of blackberries and currants are balanced by the bright streak of acidity and red fruits that Thompson never fails to offer. Chewy tannins and a long finish round out this well-balanced wine. Thompson is always a wine for aging and we think this one will evolve nicely over the next ten years."

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