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2018 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah

SKU #1445399 96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The deepest colored Syrah in the lineup, the 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon comes from a great vineyard located in the hills above the town of Los Olivos. Awesome notes of blackberries, toasted spice (there's some new oak in this wine), ground herbs, peppered meat, and earth all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, deep, layered wine that has plenty of tannins, good acidity, and a huge finish. It's a magical Syrah from Tensely, and my money is on it being the finest to date.  (10/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: Established in 1998, the first release of Tensley totaled just 100 cases. Now the production has reached 5,000 cases with Tensley becoming the pride of Santa Barbara wine country. With three years of us controlling farming, this is one of the best vintages from Colson to date. This cool vintage gave the grapes plenty of time to hang on the vine and develop flavor and texture. This year’s Colson delivers the up-front fruit that we expect year after year, along with spicy, meaty, and peppery qualities that beautifully balance it out. This wine has the ability to age 10 plus years, but is also approachable in its youth.


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Price: $39.95

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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2019 | Send Email
Explosive aromatics of dark berries, flowers, and forest floor charge from the glass. The wine is full-bodied and densely packed but it all rides on a firm structure of ripe tannins and elevating acidity. The wine screams across the palate like a fine-tuned precision race car. I’ve been a fan of this bottling for the last several years and this is their best offering yet. We managed to lock up a healthy parcel of this wine in order to get it out to you during the holidays. This is a perfect holiday/winter wine that you should not miss out on. And if you forget a few bottles in the cellar for several years…all the better. This is a best-of-show award winning Santa Barbara Syrah. Bravo to Joey Tensley and team!

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