2016 Tensley Syrah

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Vibrant and zesty, with huckleberry and spiced cinnamon aromas and well-built blueberry, smoky meat and licorice flavors that finish with lively, refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 2,000 cases made. -TF " (WS)

"The 2016 Syrah Santa Barbara offers up a classic bouquet of blackcurrant, grilled meat, violets and ripe plums. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, nicely concentrated and rich but buttressed by juicy acids that lend focus to the long finish. This is a generous, characterful Syrah that will drink well for the next 7 to 8 years." (WA)

"The 2016 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) has turned out beautifully. The dark red cherry and plum fruit is nicely propped up by a good bit of acid. Pliant, supple and inviting, the Santa Barbara Syrah is a terrific introduction to Joey Tensley's wines." (VM)

"The base Syrah is the 2016 Syrah Santa Barbara County and it's a total no brainer in 2016. Blackberries, blueberries, peppery herbs, and some classic gamey, olive Syrah notes give way to a full-bodied, beautifully pure, silky Syrah that over-delivers admirably." (JD)