2015 Tensley All Blocks

Grenache Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County
Drink between 2017 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • cchoukal wrote:

    July 7, 2020 - 7/7/2020 Tasted blind against the 2015 Fundamental (half the cost). The Fundamental was purple and slightly opaque in the glass, no sediment. The All Blocks was a clear deep garnet, neither had sediment. On the nose, the F had sweet strawberry and red licorice, whereas the AB had less sweet fruit and more earth and berry. Mouthfeels were different, with the F being softer, rounder, more viscous; the AB was more focused, thinner, but in a good way. On the palate, both were good. The F was certainly sweeter, and the AB more refined, and balanced better with a higher acidity. With food (spicy sausages and ribs, grilled), the gap widened; the F really fell flat, coming across as unidimensional (sweet red fruit), whereas the AB's acidity made it much more enjoyable. In the end, 4 of the 5 of us preferred the AB, although 3 of the 5 assumed the F was the more expensive wine. I suppose in the end, it was satisfying that even the cheaper F at around $15 was perceived to be a good quality, easily drinkable wine. The AB, at around $30 was actually quite good, and a good value.

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  • SLOFred Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 31, 2020 - I have had in past consistently great wine from Tensley, then I had a run of "okay" syrah. This hit the mark, however. Very fruity style, no smoke or tar. Double decant and was just beautiful.

  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 11, 2019 - Recent discounted purchase ($24.99) from the local big box wine store inspired good reviews and good price. Opened 30-45 minutes with just a small pour on opening. Moderate nose with dark florals, red and black raspberries and cherries. Not much difference between the immediate taste and 30-45 minutes later. On the palate, similar to the nose but with some of the strongest notes of garrigue-spice box of any American Rhone blend I've tasted and a nice mouth watering quality from the Grenache along with smoke and earth. Medium colored, light to medium bodied (have no idea what the professionals are tasting when they say full-bodied), medium legs, medium acidity and light to medium tannins. Fairly complex, light on persistence. Very light on its feet without a hint of heat: I would have guessed closer to 13.5-14 abv rather than the wine's 14.8%. Somewhere in the middle on the Northern-Southern Rhone continuum, but as a few perceptive TNs have noted, it's as close to a SRH pinot as either. Solid, interesting wine with very good qpr. If I have a quibble with it, it's that it's neither fish nor fowl; either tangier acidity on the one hand or more vibrant fruit and more persistence on the other could have elevated this wine from excellent qpr to excellent, full stop. Still, easy to drink and to pair with food, and I would buy again without hesitation at this price. No need to decant and drink now-next 2 years (again, have no idea of what the pros are talking about with a 10 year drinking window; the tannins and acidity don't seem to support that). 90-91

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  • silton Likes this wine:

    June 24, 2019 - Super tasty boysenberry/raspberry/cherry fruit with herbal stylings, but it cinched up and showed quite a bit of tannin on day 2; if that's indicative of the wine shutting down like some Rhones have been known to do, it's in good company. One for a pop and pour soon, or hold 5 years.

  • SLOFred Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 23, 2019 - I am not sure I like this as much as Tensley Syrah, but it is very good.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tensley
  • Varietal Grenache Blend
  • Designation All Blocks
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Barbara County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (4%)
  • In Cellars 108 (38%)
  • Consumed 163 (58%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

anything spicy, game or pizza/pasta, possibly fowl, red meats

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