Tensley

Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah

9.229 ratings
9.22 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Aaron Means

Dense, chewy, and layered with dark fruit and minerality.

Dense, chewy, and layered with dark fruit and minerality.

Mar 15th, 2014
Paul Jakubowski

Very nice! Best vintage out of the ‘08, ‘09, and ‘11 even though they all scored roughly the same. Started to fade after an hour, but had nice depth with dark fruit.

Very nice! Best vintage out of the ‘08, ‘09, and ‘11 even though they all scored roughly the same. Started to fade after an hour, but had nice depth with dark fruit.

May 1st, 2021
Matt Waring

An absolute monster. At nine years old it is still crushing all in its path. Blueberry cobbler and hunks of leather pave the way to a big finish. Woof!

An absolute monster. At nine years old it is still crushing all in its path. Blueberry cobbler and hunks of leather pave the way to a big finish. Woof!

Aug 11th, 2019
Joseph Barsky

2010 Vintage. 15% Alcohol. Blackberry kirsch and graphite nose. Big fruitbomb of blueberries and blackberries. Nice legs and long finish. Nice to come back to Syrah after a few Pinot Noir days.

2010 Vintage. 15% Alcohol. Blackberry kirsch and graphite nose. Big fruitbomb of blueberries and blackberries. Nice legs and long finish. Nice to come back to Syrah after a few Pinot Noir days.

Aug 24th, 2018
Daniel March

Blackberry and licorice on the nose, but it's the absence of oak that leaves this perfume so clean and simple. Manages to be more complex than anticipated, revealing layers of terroir that are integrated seamlessly, creating a silky texture that is the heart of this wine. Smoke and leather linger on the finish, but it's all so smooth I'm left savoring the last bite of white pepper and the essence of pure, unfiltered fruit.

Blackberry and licorice on the nose, but it's the absence of oak that leaves this perfume so clean and simple. Manages to be more complex than anticipated, revealing layers of terroir that are integrated seamlessly, creating a silky texture that is the heart of this wine. Smoke and leather linger on the finish, but it's all so smooth I'm left savoring the last bite of white pepper and the essence of pure, unfiltered fruit.

Mar 21st, 2016
Steve Racioppi

Just outstanding.

Just outstanding.

Oct 6th, 2015
Jason

rhone style balance good aroma

rhone style balance good aroma

Sep 19th, 2015
Robert Stelling

2010 vintage. Last wine from a trip to that area 3 years ago.

2010 vintage. Last wine from a trip to that area 3 years ago.

Jul 19th, 2015
Howard Yang

Dark burgundy in color, smell of nail polish, sour cherry, strawberry and blue berry, firm tannin with medium to long finish, has a sweet after taste.

Dark burgundy in color, smell of nail polish, sour cherry, strawberry and blue berry, firm tannin with medium to long finish, has a sweet after taste.

Jan 21st, 2015
John Kemper

Since my last bottle of the '10 Tensley Syrah 'Colson Canyon Vineyard' was about a year-and-a-half ago, I opened another yesterday. The big sweet dark fruit surge of the first bottle seems to have muted somewhat to show the secondary cedar, graphite, bitter chocolate and licorice flavors more. A nice combo of sappy and lively in the lingering aftertaste. I'll save the rest for another year or so.

Since my last bottle of the '10 Tensley Syrah 'Colson Canyon Vineyard' was about a year-and-a-half ago, I opened another yesterday. The big sweet dark fruit surge of the first bottle seems to have muted somewhat to show the secondary cedar, graphite, bitter chocolate and licorice flavors more. A nice combo of sappy and lively in the lingering aftertaste. I'll save the rest for another year or so.

Jun 25th, 2014