Tensley Wines is a family owned and operated winery focusing on vineyard designated Syrah within Santa Barbara County. Since its establishment in 1998, it has received great acclaim and now includes seven single vineyard Syrahs- which is the most in Santa Barbara!
The Colson Canyon is a deep, concentrated Syrah which exhibit subtle notes of coffee and vanilla which blend beautifully into the vineyard's fruit forward, jammy profile. The wine also provides hints of smoked meats, chocolate and pepper along with notes of leather and minerals.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 94-96+
I wasn’t able taste through a full lineup of Tensley’s 2012, but what I was able to taste was certainly impressive. Overflowing with fruit and texture, the 2012 Syrah Colson Canyon has a stacked mid-palate, sweet tannin and a seamless, pure feel that I suspect will be hard to resist in its youth yet also age gracefully. It should certainly compete with, if not surpass, the fantastic 2011.