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2012 Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah

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Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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93The Wine Advocate

Loaded with cassis, pepper, smoked meats and melted licorice, it has no hard edges, overflowing sweet fruit and a polished feel. It pushes the sweetness level...

90Vinous / IWC

Shaped by the warm microclimate, the 2012 is extroverted to the core, with a real sense of glycerine and weight that are among the most prominent signatures. There is plenty of near and medium-term appeal in this flashy Syrah.



Tensley Wines was founded in 1998 in Santa Barbara County. Owned and run by Joey and Jennifer Tensley, the estate was established to focus on vineyard-designated Syrah. Today it is known for its many Syrahs, though Tensley also now makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Grenache.


United States, California, South 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.