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.

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Tensley 'Fundamental' Red 2017
Jeb Dunnock 92 "Tasted out of bottle, the 2017 Red checks in as a complex blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. It over-delivers, boasting a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of blackberries, ground herbs, spice box, and earth. Ripe, pure, full-bodied, and just
Item Number: 31629
Case: $179.40

Tensley Chardonnay 2017
Jeb Dunnock 91  "From Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties, the 2017 Chardonnay gives up plenty of citrus, white peach, brioche, and charcoal notes to go with medium-bodied richness and a clean, elegant, beautifully pure style. I wasn’t able to get the release price, but I suspect it’s a smoking
Item Number: 31405
Case: $179.40

Tensley 'Colson Canyon' Syrah 2017
93  Wine Advocate 
Jeb Dunnock 92-95 "I loved the 2017 Syrah Colson Canyon, a classic Tensley Syrah with its plum and darker fruits, peppery herbs, olive, and savory meatiness. Possessing full bodied richness, impressive purity of fruit, and a big finish, it’s another winner that will keep for 10-15 years."  Wine
Item Number: 31284

Tensley Syrah 2017
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Vibrant and layered, with expressive raspberry and blueberry flavors accented by garrigue notes, hints of mineral and smoked cracked pepper accents that take on richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025."  Jeb Dunnock 93 "Leading off the 2017s, the 2017 Syrah

Tensley 'Colson Canyon' Syrah 2016
96  Jeb Dunnuck 
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

Tensley 'Colson Canyon' Syrah 2015
97  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94-97 "Another highlight, the 2015 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard brings together so many of the elements that make Tensley's Syrahs so compelling. Intense in its aromatics and palate feel, the 2015 hits all the right notes. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, raspberry jam and a dollop of

Tensley 'Los Padres' Red Blend 2015
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2015 Syrah Los Padres is a smoking value that will dish out tons of pleasure. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Petite Sirah, its saturated purple color is followed by decadent, sexy, forward notes of blackberries, creamy licorice, smoked meats and pepper. It’s a California

Tensley 'Los Padres' Grenache 2012
90  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 90 "Bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of red berry preserves, Asian spices and sandalwood. Taut and spicy on entry, then fleshier and sweeter in the mid-palate, offering vibrant raspberry and spicecake flavors and a hint of orange marmalade. Closes with strong tangy

Tensley 'Turner Vineyard' Syrah 2013
95  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 95 "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

Tensley 'Los Padres' Syrah 2013
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Even better, the 2013 Syrah Central Coast knocks it out of the park with its juicy plum, violets and gamey/bacon-like aromas and flavors. Made just like Joey’s other single vineyard Syrahs (all neutral oak) and from the warmer McGinley, Camp 4 and Mormann vineyards, it’s a

Tensley 'Tensley Vineyard' Syrah 2013
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 " Inky ruby. A complex, perfumed nose evokes fresh blackberry, cherry, spicecake and violet. Juicy, supple and sweet on the palate, offering nuanced flavors of dark fruit liqueur, aromatic herbs and candied flowers. Densely packed but also lively and precise, with slow-building

Tensley 'Colson Canyon' Syrah 2013
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94-97 "The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big 'Wow' in the notes, and while it doesn't pull any

Tensley 'Los Padres' Syrah 2012
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "A new entry level wine and a knockout effort that represents a serious value, the 2012 Syrah Los Padres (2% Viognier) was aged 3 months in neutral oak before being moved to stainless steel tanks and bottling. Showing real Syrah character with lively blackberry fruit, bacon fat,

Tensley 'Colson Canyon' Syrah 2012
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94-96+ "I wasn’t able taste through a full lineup of Tensley’s 2012, but what I was able to taste was certainly impressive. Overflowing with fruit and texture, the 2012 Syrah Colson Canyon has a stacked mid-palate, sweet tannin and a seamless, pure feel that I suspect will be hard to