Tensley

Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah

9.1250 ratings
9.035 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
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Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.

Jammy! It actually smelled carbonic? Surprising. Dark and baked fruit without being dense with rich meats/bacon at the finish. I guessed this as Cali Syrah with French oak. Thanks
@Will Adams

Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.

Jammy! It actually smelled carbonic? Surprising. Dark and baked fruit without being dense with rich meats/bacon at the finish. I guessed this as Cali Syrah with French oak. Thanks
@Will Adams

Sep 11th, 2019
Tama

Smooth, full-bodied Syrah packed with dark black berry and plum flavors. Medium acidity and integrated tannins. Secondary notes of leather and earth.

Smooth, full-bodied Syrah packed with dark black berry and plum flavors. Medium acidity and integrated tannins. Secondary notes of leather and earth.

Jun 20th, 2018
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

9.5

A little monster

A little monster

2 people found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2015
Steve Blazek

Owner, bin 105 Quality Wines

9.2

Really tight when I opened it, two days later it is kicking my ancient ass.

Really tight when I opened it, two days later it is kicking my ancient ass.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2019
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9.2

The 2016 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is bold, racy and exuberant and yet also has plenty of structural underpinnings as well. The Colson Canyon Syrah is a stylish wine. Like all of Tensley's wines, the Colson Canyon is quite intense. In 2016, that manifests itself in slight but perceptible sweetness. This is the first vintage farmed by Tensley following his acquisition of the vineyard. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

The 2016 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is bold, racy and exuberant and yet also has plenty of structural underpinnings as well. The Colson Canyon Syrah is a stylish wine. Like all of Tensley's wines, the Colson Canyon is quite intense. In 2016, that manifests itself in slight but perceptible sweetness. This is the first vintage farmed by Tensley following his acquisition of the vineyard. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

1 person found it helpfulNov 30th, 2018
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.2

Big ripe blackberry, blueberry jam, lavender, dark chocolate, mildly meaty, tiny bit of VA. A bit overripe but intense and delicious.

Big ripe blackberry, blueberry jam, lavender, dark chocolate, mildly meaty, tiny bit of VA. A bit overripe but intense and delicious.

1 person found it helpfulJul 1st, 2017
John Sweeney

Initially very tight and uninspiring. Better on the 2nd day more rhoney

Initially very tight and uninspiring. Better on the 2nd day more rhoney

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2014
Aaron Means

Yeaaaaahhh!!!!

Yeaaaaahhh!!!!

May 6th, 2017
Lori Mike

Their inaugural vintage in 1998 was just about 100 cases. They are currently over 5,000 which include five single- Vineyard Syrahs. The Vineyards, like this one, are mostly located in #santabarbaracounty and their tasting room is located in #losolivos. 2011 vintage IN APPEARANCE: this wine is clear, deep and purple in color. No obvious bricking. ON THE NOSE: clean, medium intensity, earth, dark fruit and pepper, fully developed. ON THE PALATE: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, blackberry, black plum, earth and meat. With a medium finish. #centralcoastTheir inaugural vintage in 1998 was just about 100 cases. They are currently over 5,000 which include five single- Vineyard Syrahs. The Vineyards, like this one, are mostly located in #santabarbaracounty and their tasting room is located in #losolivos. IN APPEARANCE: this wine is clear, deep and purple in color. No obvious bricking. ON THE NOSE: clean, medium intensity, earth, dark fruit and pepper, fully developed. ON THE PALATE: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, blackberry, black plum, earth, meat and dark chocolate. With a medium finish. #centralcoast

Their inaugural vintage in 1998 was just about 100 cases. They are currently over 5,000 which include five single- Vineyard Syrahs. The Vineyards, like this one, are mostly located in #santabarbaracounty and their tasting room is located in #losolivos. 2011 vintage IN APPEARANCE: this wine is clear, deep and purple in color. No obvious bricking. ON THE NOSE: clean, medium intensity, earth, dark fruit and pepper, fully developed. ON THE PALATE: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, blackberry, black plum, earth and meat. With a medium finish. #centralcoastTheir inaugural vintage in 1998 was just about 100 cases. They are currently over 5,000 which include five single- Vineyard Syrahs. The Vineyards, like this one, are mostly located in #santabarbaracounty and their tasting room is located in #losolivos. IN APPEARANCE: this wine is clear, deep and purple in color. No obvious bricking. ON THE NOSE: clean, medium intensity, earth, dark fruit and pepper, fully developed. ON THE PALATE: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, blackberry, black plum, earth, meat and dark chocolate. With a medium finish. #centralcoast

Apr 25th, 2017
Marshall Parrish

Definitely buy it up. Great vintage

Definitely buy it up. Great vintage

Jul 13th, 2016