2017 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah SKU #1399051

Price: $39.95

WS 95 JD 92-95 RP 91-93
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  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    Joey Tensely and I both started in the wine business in the late 90's. Since then, he’s become a staple of the Central Coast wine scene, turning some of the areas best Syrah based wines. Accolades and critical reviews have been bestowed upon his wines in regular fashion. The praise has all been well earned. The Colson Canyon Syrah holds a dear place in his heart as he was able to acquire it in 2016 though he’s been making fruit from it since 2000. This wine is a real class act representing all I love about varietally correct Syrah. The wine has all the tell tale dark fruits, hints of baking spice, cocoa, and just a faint wiff of bacon. It’s silky smooth in your mouth but leaves a trail on your palate to savor for minutes. This is one more reason why Joey's wines always sell out.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is subtle, it isn't a fruit bomb Syrah but a wine that shows more place than wine-making. On the palate the flavors are more savory, wild herbs, mesquite and a grilled meat character but with hints of a plumy character in the back. Hints of black pepper and the savory herbs and wild brush character highlight the finish. Compared to many California Syrah that are bursting out of your glass this wine shows more restraint and more breeding.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    There have been few domestic Syrah's I've tried lately that have impressed me as much as this one. The classic dark fruit character is present and shining, but I was struck by how vibrant the mouthfeel was and how lifted the palate. The oak is in perfect balance and aids in rounding out the structure. I love that Tensley does so many renditions of Syrah as each has their own unique style and traits. "Colson Canyon" is a particularly intriguing one.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow, this is a big, bold wine. A boisterous nose of smokey dark fruit, plum, black cherry, garrigue, sweet baking spice, embers and cracked peppercorn. Voluptuous, mouth-coating texture, big but ripe tannins with plenty of flesh and succulent fruit coating them. Quite a blockbuster style (at least in its youth) but executed perfectly with every element finding its place harmoniously. Powerful stuff from Tensley.


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