Tensley

Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah

9.119 ratings
8.84 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
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.

Feb 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)

Nov 30th, 2018
David Lincoln

Day two: really impressed with the balance of pepper, mineral, black fruits, acidity, and tannins. Knockout stuff.

Day two: really impressed with the balance of pepper, mineral, black fruits, acidity, and tannins. Knockout stuff.

Feb 14th, 2019
Richard Rosensweig

Menthol, violets, black pepper. But turns a little sour quickly on the palate. Not much in the nose initially, but after an hour or so I noticed crème de menthe. Not sure what made the good folks at WS decide this was the 25th best wine of 2018 when there have got to 60 plus better Syrah released from northern Rhône vineyards.

Menthol, violets, black pepper. But turns a little sour quickly on the palate. Not much in the nose initially, but after an hour or so I noticed crème de menthe. Not sure what made the good folks at WS decide this was the 25th best wine of 2018 when there have got to 60 plus better Syrah released from northern Rhône vineyards.

Jan 5th, 2019
Alyssa Duke

Big and lovely earthy notes (with Dan, Doug and Leanne NYEve Anju)

Big and lovely earthy notes (with Dan, Doug and Leanne NYEve Anju)

Jan 1st, 2019
TheSkip

Hrm. Typically Tensley in style. I found this quite unidimensional and boring despite the critical reviews. I was hoping for better.

Hrm. Typically Tensley in style. I found this quite unidimensional and boring despite the critical reviews. I was hoping for better.

Dec 6th, 2018
M. Christopher Roebuck

Dark near purple, big black blue bomb of syrah. Dirty diaper/blueberry nose. A little fizz on the palate. Lots of fruit forward. If not for the sugar on the attack, I would give this a 93. I definitely want to try their other wines.

91 points

Dark near purple, big black blue bomb of syrah. Dirty diaper/blueberry nose. A little fizz on the palate. Lots of fruit forward. If not for the sugar on the attack, I would give this a 93. I definitely want to try their other wines.

91 points

Aug 25th, 2018
Doggfather

Bold and balanced

Bold and balanced

Jul 2nd, 2018
Todd Goldian

Amazing. Better in a couple of years

Amazing. Better in a couple of years

Jun 27th, 2018
Aliya Carter

Jammy, bright red fruit, tannins really complement this wine. Heavy mouthfeel makes this best when paired with food. Yet still enjoyable alone if you like jammy syrahs.

Jammy, bright red fruit, tannins really complement this wine. Heavy mouthfeel makes this best when paired with food. Yet still enjoyable alone if you like jammy syrahs.

Feb 24th, 2018