2018 Tensley Syrah All Blocks Estate Blend

Year: 2018
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
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"A dynamic blend, with presence, polish and structure, offering expressive raspberry and kirsch flavors, accented by garrigue, smoky anise and cracked pepper notes that build toward medium-grained tannins. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2029. 500 cases made. -T.F" (WS)

"A finished barrel sample, the 2018 All Blocks is deep ruby-purple and still disjointed at this stage, with primary and barrel aromas over hints of stone, candied red cherries, blueberries and black cherries with herb and meaty hints. It's medium to full-bodied with mineral-driven fruits, youthfully firm, cottony tannins and great freshness, finishing intense." (WA)

"The Grenache-based cuvée, the 2018 All Blocks Red Wine is 85% Grenache and 14% Syrah with a splash of Mourvèdre. Deep purple/plum-colored, with plenty of black raspberry and kirsch fruit, this juicy, medium to full-bodied effort delivers lots of peppery, violet nuances, ripe tannins, and a good sense of freshness and purity. It will evolve for over a decade, but there's no need to delay gratification.

The 2018s from Tensley are some of the finest wines he’s made. They have the classic, opulent style he’s known for paired with more freshness, purity, and acidity. His wines age beautifully, but my money is on his 2018s evolving even longer. The 2019s are close in style, yet have even fresher, more elegant profiles. These wines will put on weight over the course of their élevage, and this is certainly another brilliant vintage. If you take prices into account, dollar for dollar, these are some of the greatest wines out there." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The All Blocks represents a dream come true for us – a blend made entirely from our own vineyards. This wine is a blend of Syrah and Grenache from our Colson Canyon Vineyard, as well as Syrah and Mourvedre from our Tensley Estate Vineyard. Made up of 85% Grenache, 14% Syrah, and 1% Mourvedre, this blend offers spicy red and black fruit flavors with hints of licorice and earthiness. It is approachable now, but will age well over the next 10 to 12 years.