2017 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92-95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Deeply structured yet rich and polished, with smoked meat, huckleberry and garrigue notes that jaunt toward big but refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 1,950 cases made. -TF " (WS)

"The 2017 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard, tasted from barrel, offers up sweet, primary aromas of ripe blackberries, bacon fat, smoke and grilled meat. On the palate, it's still early days to make any kind of judgment, but the wine reveals bright acids and lots of chalky structure." (WA)

"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." (JD)

Winery Notes:
As many of our customers know, this year a long-held dream came true for us when we bought Colson Canyon Vineyard. Colson has been part of the Tensley line-up since 2000 and has been a real star for us, making Food and Wine’s Top Ten Syrah’s in America as well as twice making The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. This rugged vineyard always delivers some of darkest, most extracted wines we produce. After three years of drought, the 2015 vintage gave us that big extraction and then some. Look for notes of black plums and blackberries as well as vanilla, black and white pepper and smoked meats. This Colson is drinking well now but will continue to age nicely over the next 10 to 12 years.