Jeb Dunnuck 94-96
"From the other estate vineyard, the 2016 Colson Canyon Vineyard comes from a remote site high up in the mountains, north of Los Olivos. This beauty offers terrific notes of sage brush, sweet plums, blackberry jam, tobacco leaf and pepper. Like the Tensely Vineyard release, it’s one of the bigger, richer wines in the lineup, yet it’s decidedly more perfumed, lifted and sweetly fruited. It has sensational purity and a killer wine. - Jeb Dunnuck"
Wine Spectator 94
"A distinctive red, with power, polish and structure, offering floral blueberry and garrigue aromas and dynamic huckleberry, river stone and smoky meat flavors that take on momentum toward the refined tannins. Drink now through 2028."
Tensley VineyardView all from Tensley Vineyard
In 1998, Joey Tensley launched Tensley Wines, a winery in Santa Barbara County, where the mountain range runs from east to west. Eager to let the vineyard speak for itself, Joey produces vineyard designated Syrah wines that from day one, have been well received on the market. For his first vintage, Joey produced 100 cases, while serving as the assistant winemaker at Beckmen Vineyards, where he was given space to launch his own label.
Three years later, in 2001, Joey relocated to Buellton, CA to open his own winery, producing 750 cases of wines that immediately appeared on some of the country's top wine lists. This same year, Matt Kramer added two of Tensley's 2001 Syrah wines to the Wine Spectator's Top Ten Wines in the World list. An auspicious beginning for a young vintner? Absolutely! But it was also an incredibly solid foundation that followed with framework in the form of 90-95 point scores from Robert Parker for Tensley's 2001-2004 vintages.
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.