Tensley

Santa Barbara County Syrah

8.919 ratings
8.63 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

8.9

Holy fruit, Batman! All the black and blue fruit, licorice, spice you could cram in a bottle. Weighty, viscous and big, but pretty well balanced for its scale. Nice example of the style.

Holy fruit, Batman! All the black and blue fruit, licorice, spice you could cram in a bottle. Weighty, viscous and big, but pretty well balanced for its scale. Nice example of the style.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 1st, 2016
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

8.9

Full throttle SBC Syrah, with enough acidity to keep it from being flat or flabby. Big, juicy, liquid black fruit.

Full throttle SBC Syrah, with enough acidity to keep it from being flat or flabby. Big, juicy, liquid black fruit.

Mar 28th, 2016
Isaac Pirolo

I’ve always been a fan of Tensley, especially their Colson Canyon, as well the other projects that Joey is involved in... that said, this wine is flawed. The volatile acidity is just too much. At times it’s fleeting only to be on blast in the next sip. Not sure if it’s uniform, but I suspect it would also cause a fair amount of bottle variation, so I’ll be trying this again.

I’ve always been a fan of Tensley, especially their Colson Canyon, as well the other projects that Joey is involved in... that said, this wine is flawed. The volatile acidity is just too much. At times it’s fleeting only to be on blast in the next sip. Not sure if it’s uniform, but I suspect it would also cause a fair amount of bottle variation, so I’ll be trying this again.

Dec 7th, 2017
Erik Wochna

14' vintage...gamey notes

14' vintage...gamey notes

Jul 22nd, 2017
TheSkip

When I last had this 3 months ago, I described it as a fruit bomb with very faint effervescence. I said it would do well with a good food pairing.

I'm pleased to report that, indeed, a hearty beef stew with all its unctuous qualities derived from layers and layers of flavors, went quite well.

The note itself remains unchanged.

When I last had this 3 months ago, I described it as a fruit bomb with very faint effervescence. I said it would do well with a good food pairing.

I'm pleased to report that, indeed, a hearty beef stew with all its unctuous qualities derived from layers and layers of flavors, went quite well.

The note itself remains unchanged.

Jan 31st, 2017
Genevieve Eustis

Blackberry jam. Flashbacks to my first trimester when all I could eat was toast and jam for weeks. This is a crazy juicy wine, gotta have some residual sugar but it is balanced by nice acidity.

Blackberry jam. Flashbacks to my first trimester when all I could eat was toast and jam for weeks. This is a crazy juicy wine, gotta have some residual sugar but it is balanced by nice acidity.

Oct 19th, 2016
TheSkip

I'm not sure what to make of this wine.

Very clearly it is sweet and sparkly. There is an obvious effervescence. Strawberry immediately comes to mind. Maybe some blackberry.

In one hand, it's completely unidimensional and flat. On the other, it's quite reasonable to drink on a Monday.

I think if you pair this correctly, it can be quite enjoyable.

I'm not sure what to make of this wine.

Very clearly it is sweet and sparkly. There is an obvious effervescence. Strawberry immediately comes to mind. Maybe some blackberry.

In one hand, it's completely unidimensional and flat. On the other, it's quite reasonable to drink on a Monday.

I think if you pair this correctly, it can be quite enjoyable.

Oct 10th, 2016
Glenn Nick

Young but solid for $20

Young but solid for $20

Mar 19th, 2016
Bob Reyers

Wine tasting

Wine tasting

Dec 9th, 2015
David Lincoln

A bit closed with sour cherry notes on the finish.

A bit closed with sour cherry notes on the finish.

Dec 6th, 2015