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2020 Tensley Santa Barbara County Syrah

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June 18, 2023 - $27



94The Wine Advocate

...pretty aromas of apricot and wild berry preserves with nuances of dried earth, wildflowers and dark spices. The palate is bright, fresh and lifted with an appealing blend of fruit, floral and savory character, and it finishes long and layered.

92Wine Spectator

Plump on the surface but with plenty of torque simmering below, this offers aromas and flavors of blueberry and cherry laced with smoky pepper and black olive. Finishes with medium-grained tannins.

91Jeb Dunnuck

...up-front, juicy aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries, smoked meats, and peppery herbs. It's a fleshy, ripe, yet still complex Syrah with lots to love.

90Vinous / IWC

...bright and nicely perfumed, a reflection of a move to cooler, sandier sites for this blend. Though, there's plenty of depth. Dark red berry, mocha, incense, spice and new leather are nicely pushed forward...


United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.