2009 Tensley Syrah Noir


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County
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  • Whine-oh Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 30, 2019 - P n P tablside. Big berry tainted nose. Full throttle palate of dark fruits. Full on new world style in an apologetic Syrah. At 10 yrs old still amazed at how big the nose and palate are showing. Still food friendly, soft backend with no overtones of alcohol. If you like em big this is a 100 pointer. Wonder what more time will do with this beast?

  • pmk wrote: 94 points

    December 9, 2018 - At its peak. Popped and poured. Intense bery flavors, viscous mouthfeel, layered and ending with toasty spice and supple tannins. Drink it now.

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  • Seafoam Manor wrote: 92 points

    October 11, 2018 - Purplish black in color with a block out the sun sort of quality. Not super intense on the nose, but that might be skewed a bit, in context to the huge intensity of the palate. Aromatically, you get big jammy blackberry and boysenberry, with light vanilla, pepper and a beef jerky meets tree bark sort of thing, but it handles the alcohol well. Very full bodied and viscous in the mouth. The tannins are sweet, smooth and integrated (higher end of medium), but are overshadowed by the alcohol and, a bit surprisingly, the acid. On the palate, there's an explosion of black fruit, coupled with chocolate covered espresso bean, pepper, iron, licorice and a graphite quality that gets drawn out on the finish, which tames the fruit-bomb nature... a bit. The alcohol adds to a perception of sweetness. Finishes long. If you like your wines big and unapologetic, here you go.

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  • Seafoam Manor wrote: 93 points

    December 23, 2017 - Really extracted color that reads closer to black with ruby hues. The nose is pretty reluctant, which is probably the biggest negative to the wine. On the palate, this is just a huge wine. However, it manages the rare feat of being a fruit bomb with a fair degree of soul to it. Explosive notes of blackberry, blueberry and ripe red plums, but it is buffered by notes of spice, pepper, graphite and strong gamy flavors of smoked meat. Medium+ finish with a bit of drying tannin. Voluptuous mouthfeel, but it is probably more textured than silky, which feels more appropriate. This handles the high alcohol expertly. This probably relies more on intensity than complexity, but it is a very good wine and is a really good example of a bombastic, limit pushing, style. This seems to have a lot of years left in it, but it is so fruit forward that I'm not too sure what this evolves into.

    The back half of this bottle was throwing a ton of really chunky sediment and this needs to be decanted or you will be chewing on your final glass.

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  • HOS wrote: 92 points

    October 28, 2017 - PnP. Jammy black fruit with earth notes. Massive, long finish, very smooth. This is an in your face older fruit bomb. Will be interesting to see where it goes. First bottle of a six pack.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tensley
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Noir
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Barbara County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (1%)
  • In Cellars 155 (57%)
  • Consumed 114 (42%)

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