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2008 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County
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Community Tasting Notes 145

  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 89 points

    January 17, 2022 - Retail $55. I bought a few bottles of this wine on an online auction site way back in 2014. I cracked the first bottle about 18 months ago and was enthralled: great fruit, acidity, a bit of funk. Check, check, check, all the boxes. This go around? It comes off a bit as over-the-top with that intense fruitiness, robust acidity, and subtle earth. I really wanted to love this wine as much as the previous bottle, but it is just not there.

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  • WhinyWiner Does not like this wine: 50 points

    August 9, 2020 - I'm not sure I've had a worse wine. I tried a bottle in 2016 and my notes only say "terrible" - not very descriptive. I'll be more descriptive this time: it tastes like Night Train Express (NTE). If you don't know what NTE is, look it up. It's a "bum" or "hobo" wine (to use some old fashioned terms). NTE inspires tasting notes like, "I can't believe it's not paint thinner". My actual score for this wine is 49, but 50 is the lowest allowed.

  • AccaDacca Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 29, 2020 - Luscious fruit, very juicy. Slight acidity, structure a little faded, but terrific and enjoyable.

  • The Drunken Cyclist wrote: 93 points

    March 29, 2020 - Retail $55. Robert Parker gave this a 96, Wine Spectator? 95. Both rated the wine shortly after release (2010?) and both gushed about the fruit and the potential for aging (WS through 2017; RP 10-12 years). So I am at the upper end of the drinking window for both "esteemed" reviewers. Considerable sediment in the neck, inky dark in the glass, intense blackberry and anise on the nose with a touch of heat (15% ABV). The palate is all about the fruit, even a dozen years out: Holy cow, intense blackberry, plum, even pomegranate and cocoa with a slight medicinal aspect (that was a bit odd) are initially present. This is immediately followed by a tangy acidity--really, really tart--and finishes with just a slight hint of tannin. Should you have bottles in your cellar (I have one left), I really think it is time to pop those puppies. I really can't believe how intensely fruity this wine STILL is. thedrunkencyclist.com

  • bonedoc wrote: 89 points

    January 5, 2020 - This bottle was too acidic and tangy, overshadowing nice texture and fruit - Couldn’t finish the bottle. 89

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tensley
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Colson Canyon Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Barbara County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 18 (1%)
  • In Cellars 777 (44%)
  • Consumed 963 (55%)

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