Following stints at Fess Parker and Babcock Vineyards, Tensley quickly found success, becoming one of the first wineries ever to see two of his wines scored in Wine Spectator’s Top 10 wines of the year in the same year. That was in 2001. Since then, it’s been nothing but dominance from Joey Tensley.
Though he’s a super humble guy, you can tell Joey is special. Robert Parker, Jr. used to make sure he personally tasted through his wines each year because they were that good. He famously gave his Colson Canyon Syrah a 99-point score, becoming one of the first to achieve that score with an under-$50 wine. But Joey Tensley’s Big Reds are consistently that good. Unrivalled value in Santa Barbara and maybe in America.
His brand new 2019 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah is a stunner and it’s quite the big boy that can dance. It’s got high alcohol but also a strong acid backbone that makes it a terrific wine for aging. Unsurprisingly, it’s continuing its rich tradition of earning a big score from an expert reviewer– with a rave 96-point write up from Jeb Dunnuck accompanying it for its release. With just a few cases available, the lucky few who get their hands on this one are going to love it.
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96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“A consistent winner in every vintage, especially now that the site is owned by Tensley, the 2019 Syrah Colson Canyon boasts a deep, inky hue as well as backward, primary blue fruits, charcoal, and ground pepper-like aromas and flavors. This big, rich, full-bodied, thrilling Syrah is more seamless and elegant than the 2018 was at this stage, but it’s certainly in the same ballpark. It will keep for 10-15 years if you’re so inclined. This is one of the larger production cuvées from Tensley, and it saw 15% stems and 20% new French oak.”
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