Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2019 | ‘Elegant – 2 decades of longevity’ 96pts Jeb Dunnuck
Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2019 presents an intensely deep shade of purple in the glass. A meaty mélange of aromas meet you on the nose. While enjoying blackberry, blueberry, smoke, cracked peppercorn, freshly picked wild herbs, coriander, and notes of charcuterie. Super-dense and concentrated, framed by chewy tannins, it’s broad-shouldered but not big—a nimble beast displaying black fruit, spice, and smoked meat flavors in spades, and sliding into a super-long and meaty finish. Blind, this could easily be mistaken for a top-tier Côte-Rôtie—it’s that good. Drink 2021 – 2038.
96JD | A more elegant, perfumed, floral wine from this site. Hence, the Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2019 offers Côte Rôtie-like black raspberry, violets, spring flowers, and gamey, meat-driven aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured, with a kiss of background oak, it’s going to show nicely right out of the gate yet also have two decades of longevity.
Colson Canyon Vineyard | Santa Ynez Mountains
It was love at first sight for Winemaker Joey Tensley when he originally spied the rugged Colson Canyon Vineyard back in 1997. In addition, perched high up at an elevation of 1,400 feet. While the combination of warm days and cool nights produce dense, fruit-forward wines with opulent jamminess.
Colson Canyon Vineyard, high up in the Santa Ynez Mountains north of Los Olivos, has been providing exceptional Syrah to Joey Tensley since 2000. This fruit has helped Tensley become the most honored Syrah maestro on the coast. Notably, one vintage flirting with Robert Parker perfection at 99 points.
Winemakers Joey and Jennifer Tensley
So, Joey and his talented winemaker wife Jennifer Tensley cobbled their resources together and launched a label that has upended the wine world. In 1998 Joey Tensley launched Tensley Wines with one hundred cases and one single goal. To start a well-priced, Syrah-driven brand that lets the unique vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for themselves. The Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard 2018 delivers just that.