2017 Joey Tensley Fundamental Red

Year: 2017
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :

"Deep ruby-black in color, the 2017 Fundamental Red (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Viognier) has a gregarious nose of ripe, warm fruits: black cherry and blueberry preserves, raspberry and red cherry jam plus touches of nutmeg, cardamom, potting soil and charcuterie. It's full-bodied with explosive berry jam flavors, a firm frame and juicy acidity, finishing with plush fruits. Big, bold and delicious.

"I've worked on projects in Vacqueyras, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Chile, Spain, Argentina—one thing I’m always impressed by is value," Joey Tensley explains. "So for the Fundamental Wines, we make four wines with the idea of overdelivering, seeing what California can do at the $18 to $20 price range. Everything is labeled as Central Coast, and we make two to three thousand cases a year."" (WA)

"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 loaded with character, drink it over the coming 2-4 years." (JD)