Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013

$49.99

A blockbuster new Syrah from Joe Tensley, one of the Santa Barbara region's leading Syrah producers. Try this gem before it's gone.97 Points Robert Parker:  "The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big “Wow” in the notes, and while it doesn’t pull any punches with regards to fruit or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity. This is another great lineup by Joey Tensley. He has a couple new releases in the lineup (Syrah 27m and the Tensley Vineyard), and his single vineyard releases continue to offer sensational value." 94 Points Antonio Galloni:  "Violets, new leather, smoke, licorice, plum, black cherry and sweet spices meld together in the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard. A wine of remarkable depth and purity, the 2012 boasts superb intensity and depth. This is another highly promising wine from Joey Tensley." Winery Notes: This year’s Colson represents one of the most powerful and structured Colson’s we’ve produced to date. 2013 was a very dry vintage that stressed the vines and resulted in small, intense berries that gave us dark, intense juice. After approximately 21 days of skin contact, the juice was pressed off to French oak barrels for aging. 80% of the barrels were neutral and 20% were new, following our traditional aging plan for the Colson. The resulting wine is deep and pure with woody notes and a decadent, velvety mouthfeel. Blackberries, black currants, smoke, pepper and vanilla round out the flavor profile. Drink this wine now or age it up to 12 years.

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Ratings on Delectable

Andrew Lampasone Delectable Pro

Owner Wine Watch Selections

A little monster

A little monster

9.5

John Sweeney Delectable Pro

Initially very tight and uninspiring. Better on the 2nd day more rhoney

Initially very tight and uninspiring. Better on the 2nd day more rhoney

8.5

Holly Anderson Delectable Pro

Fun easy wine that eventually grew on K.

Fun easy wine that eventually grew on K.

9.2

John Howard Delectable Pro

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

Blueberry jam, licorice and minerals. Muted on nose a bit. Hides the 15% alcohol well. Delicious!

Blueberry jam, licorice and minerals. Muted on nose a bit. Hides the 15% alcohol well. Delicious!

9.1

April Schlanger Delectable Pro

A smoky, inky Syrah with yummy quality. Blackberries, soil and ink come to mind. The wine is fat with great texture, tannins and a bit of spice. Awesome finish. Need to buy more.

A smoky, inky Syrah with yummy quality. Blackberries, soil and ink come to mind. The wine is fat with great texture, tannins and a bit of spice. Awesome finish. Need to buy more.

9.5

Mark Turner

@Shay A inspired me to dig this out of the cellar. Turns out I had a bunch of the 2013, not the 2012. Read his review in concert with this. Bright and clear reddish purple in the glass. Similar to the 2012, this presented notes of bing cherry, plum and black tea but not any of the tobacco noted on the 2012. Good color with no oxidation whatsoever. Balanced acid and fruit on the palate. Little if any tannin. Finish was more cherry with a little herbal thing going on that I could not put my finger on . Overall very pleasant and can go for a few more years.

@Shay A inspired me to dig this out of the cellar. Turns out I had a bunch of the 2013, not the 2012. Read his review in concert with this. Bright and clear reddish purple in the glass. Similar to the 2012, this presented notes of bing cherry, plum and black tea but not any of the tobacco noted on the 2012. Good color with no oxidation whatsoever. Balanced acid and fruit on the palate. Little if any tannin. Finish was more cherry with a little herbal thing going on that I could not put my finger on . Overall very pleasant and can go for a few more years.

9.1

Eric

Nice and smooth. Great black fruit. No meat or pepper.

Nice and smooth. Great black fruit. No meat or pepper.

9.3

Matt Forester

Evolving into a big-nosed Kalamata olive. Some blueberry, baking spices. Jammy.

Evolving into a big-nosed Kalamata olive. Some blueberry, baking spices. Jammy.

9.0

Blake Walker

Full flavored, with dark berries. Hint of vanilla. Smooth textured. Subtle white pepper on finish.

Full flavored, with dark berries. Hint of vanilla. Smooth textured. Subtle white pepper on finish.

9.2

Bitterman The Pirate

Dense with deep blackberry jam flavors overplayed with pepper. Definitely leans to the ripe site - very powerful and flavorful.

Dense with deep blackberry jam flavors overplayed with pepper. Definitely leans to the ripe site - very powerful and flavorful.

9.0

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