2016 Tenshen Central Coast White Blend SKU #1303613

Price: $17.99

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K&L Notes

The Tenshen White is a Rhône style white blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Chadonnay. The fruit is sourced from California's central coast and is aged in a combination of 80% neutral oak, and 20% stainless steel and was included on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list in 2014-2015. Tenshen is the brainchild of esteemed wine importer Alex Guarachi. With 30 years of experience in the industry his understanding of the wine world and his contacts are unparalleled. Alex tapped famed winemaker Julian Gonzalez to supervise the winemaking. Julian was formerly lead winemaker for all Paul Hobbs consulting programs from 2007 to 2016. Prior to that, Julian has worked at Stag's Leap, Dominus, and Louis M. Martini. Tenshen is a play on words that nods to the winemaking acumen and the tension that occurs when harvesting - an abstract energy that a wine possesses, inspired by picking at a just-ripe-enough precipice and then getting out of the way.

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    7/28/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Tenshen is not just a clever name for this California Rhone-style white blend: there's great lift and yes, tension in this 2016 Central Coast white. But while there's good acidity, it doesn't overpower the friendly fruitiness. This wine is a beautiful balance of heavier textured Roussane, floral Viognier, rounded Grenache Blanc, and the unusual but welcome addition of bright Chardonnay. And it's priced under twenty bucks! This is a great summertime white to impress both Francophiles and domestic wine lovers.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    7/17/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is full of ripe, melony fruit with more behind it than simple fruit, it has complexity there’s depth to the aromatics. On the palate the wine is broad, supple and for fans of rich California Chardonnay you’ll be thrilled, but for folks like me who want more balance and freshness the wine has that as well, it’s really well done and there’s no obvious remaining oak signature. The Viognier, Roussane and Grenache Blanc is not your everyday blend and for me and I had trouble at first categorizing the wine so that I could professionally think about it. The key to this wine is not to think about it, it will come to you after a while and it is just a real pleasure to drink. Easy enough to cocktail or if you have a fish dish that has a spicy vegetable medley to go with it this is your wine.
    Drink from 2018 to 2020
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    7/17/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great alternative to most of the wines you currently find coming out of California. I haven't seen an over abundance of white Rhone blends coming out of the Central Coast, so it's fun to encounter something with unique notes and flavors. Fans of a richer, softer style aromatic white will find something to like here.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    7/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I’ve been a fan of this wine for the last couple of years. It’s an excellent alternative to Chardonnay for when you want something a little different but still slightly familiar. Lovers of Rhone-style white wines appreciate how this mélange of grapes come together to create something much bigger than the sum of its parts. The Viognier brings the wild aromatics, the Roussanne a touch of nutty earthiness, the Grenache Blanc with its bright melon fruit flavors, and finally the Chardonnay ties it all together. The wine is complex, balanced, and lively. It is amazingly food friendly but will serve as an aperitif just as well.

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