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Tensley 2021 "Colson Canyon" Syrah

$ 5799

Winemaker Notes

Coming from one of the coolest vintage in a decade the wine has a serious freshness. With that said the extremely low yields of 1.7 ton per acre the texture is what the wine is all about. When you put your nose in the glass think of cracked pepper, black currant and raspberry with a touch of vanilla on the finish. The finish will last a long time from the high level of acid and tannin. Drink now, but probably best to wait a few years and for those who like aged wines don’t touch for 15-20 years!

97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2021 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is a perfumed powerhouse! Opaque ruby-purple, it has a concentrated core of cassis with touches of tar, thyme, grilled meats, menthol and bitter chocolate. The full-bodied palate is ripe and concentrated with surprising freshness for its style. It has a pleasantly chalky frame and a very long finish replete with violet perfume. This hedonistic Syrah could use another 5+ years in bottle to unwind and will be long-lived in the cellar. Best After 2024

96pts Jeb Dunnuck
Black and blue fruits, cracked pepper, game, bouquet garni, and violet notes all emerge from the 2021 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard, another gorgeous Syrah offering remarkable density and power while staying balanced and graceful. With a great mid-palate, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish, it's another awesome vintage from this site that readers should snatch up. This wine ages gracefully and will have two decades of longevity.

96pts Vinous
The 2021 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is one of the truly exceptional wines in Santa Barbara. Inky dark fruit, graphite, crushed rocks, cloves, leather, lavender and dried herbs infuse the 2021 with tons of complexity. Inky and full-throttle, the 2021 is captivating. There's a bit more new oak here than in most years because of tiny yields in the vineyard, but that works so well given the wine's natural concentration. I loved this wine last year, and I love it again this year. There's plenty of tannin, but it pretty much buried under all the fruit. Supberb.

94pts Wine Spectator
This is distinguished by a brooding personality and intense flavors of blackberry, raspberry, stony mineral and smoked meat flavors that build tension toward medium-grained tannins. Best from 2024 through 2032.