95 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
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.
Crafted from 100% Syrah grown in the Santa Rita Hills appellation, Tensley Wines "Turner Vineyard" Santa Barbara Syrah offers aromas of black and white pepper, cherry and wild berry, complemented by flavors of cinnamon and leather. The full-bodied palate offers a silky texture with layers of red and black fruits, smoke, spice and licorice. Deep, dark notes of black currant lingers through the long finish.
"The 2013 Syrah Turner Vineyard is super-expressive from start to finish. Pungent floral and savory notes lead to seemingly endless layers of fruit. Pliant and expressive, the 2013 boasts incredible finesse for such a big wine. The inclusion of 25% whole clusters adds to the wines considerable aromatic presence and nuance. Within the lineup, the Turner is not one of the more obvious wines, but it is one of the most complete and harmonious." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Product of California
Alcohol by Volume: 13.1%