90 Points - Wine Advocate
Tensley Wines, established in 1998 by Joey Tensley, is a family owned and operated winery in Santa Barbara County. For his first vintage, Joey produced just 100 cases, while serving as the assistant winemaker at Beckmen Vineyards, where he was given space to launch his own label. Thirteen years later, Tensley currently produces 3,300 cases a year. Taking advantage of the many micro-climates that the Santa Barbara mountain range provides, Joey cultivates his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in areas that are close to the ocean, while growing his Rhone varietals—Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier—further inland.
Opaque purple in color, Tensley Wines "Los Padres" Santa Barbara Syrah offers aromas of smoky cassis, cherry and wild berry, complemented by flavors of violet, cured meat and licorice. The full-bodied palate offers layers of dark berry, sage, black pepper, mineral and licorice. Hints of earthy smokiness lingers through the long finish.
Product of California
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%