Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2022

15.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2022
  • MEL 96
  • JD 98
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In the rugged terrain of Colson Canyon Vineyard, at a breathtaking elevation of 1,400 feet, winemaker Joey Tensley of Tensley Winery has masterfully orchestrated a masterpiece of viticulture. The Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2022 is a testament to the harmonious blend of power and finesse, capturing the essence of this remarkable terroir.

As you pour this wine into your glass, you are immediately struck by its dense and saturated purple hue. This rich and deep color foreshadows the intense experience that awaits.

Upon lifting the glass to your nose, the Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah offers an enchanting bouquet that effortlessly marries the essence of the Tensley vineyard with the unique character of Colson Canyon. The aroma is a captivating interplay of fresh red and black fruits that dance harmoniously. You’ll detect the ripest blackberries and blueberries, their sweetness balanced by a subtle hint of ground pepper.

The first sip of this exquisite Tensley Syrah is a revelation. It’s abundantly clear why this wine has received critical acclaim, including a remarkable 98 points from Jeb Dunnuck. On the palate, the Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2022 unfolds a cascade of flavors that mirror its aromatic promise.

The palate is a symphony of ripe fruits, with blackberries and blueberries taking center stage. These flavors are layered with a touch of graphite, adding complexity and depth. The ground pepper notes provide a gentle, warming spice that enhances the overall tasting experience.

The wine exhibits a full-bodied character, a testament to the concentration achieved at this unique elevation. Its mouthfeel is both robust and elegant, striking a balance that defines the Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah.

The tannins are expertly integrated, gradually building as you savor each sip. They contribute to the wine’s structure, lending a solid foundation for aging potential, echoing Joey Tensley’s suggestion that this wine can gracefully mature for 20+ years.

Moderate sweetness on the palate perfectly complements the abundance of fruit, creating a delightful harmony.

Balanced acidity lends vibrancy and freshness to the wine, ensuring a long-lasting and memorable finish.

As you continue to savor this exceptional wine, you’ll notice a lingering, long-lasting finish reminiscent of coffee and vanilla. It’s a finale that leaves an indelible mark, a testament to the dedication and expertise of the winemaker and the unique character of the Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard.

Joey Tensley’s mastery shines through in every aspect of this wine. From its lush and inviting aroma to its powerful yet graceful palate, the Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2022 is a true masterpiece that exemplifies the synergy between the Tensley brand and the Colson Canyon terroir. Mel’s Notes also awards this wine an impressive 96 points, confirming its excellence.

In the world of wine, moments like these are rare and precious. The Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2022 is not merely a bottle of wine; it’s an invitation to embark on a sensory journey, an opportunity to experience the magic that happens when passion, craftsmanship, and exceptional terroir converge. Whether enjoyed in its youthful vigor or carefully cellared for years to come, this Syrah promises a remarkable and unforgettable tasting experience.

Weight 3.5 lbs


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Critical Acclaim

MEL 96

Mel's Notes

Color: Dense, saturated purple hue suggesting concentration and richness.

Nose: Intense and inviting with a medley of ripe black and blue fruits. Additional aromas of graphite, ground pepper, and crushed stone-like minerality.Subtle notes of coffee and vanilla on a long finish.


  • Flavor Profile: Bursting with ripe red and black fruits, showcasing the wine's power.Subtle undertones of ground pepper adding complexity.
  • Body of the Wine: Thick and dense, reflecting the wine's concentration and intensity. li>
  • Tannin Structure: Well-defined tannins that build, contributing to the wine's structure.
  • Sweetness Levels: Moderate sweetness, harmonizing with the fruit profile.
  • Acidity Levels: Balanced acidity, providing freshness and vibrancy.

Food Pairings:

The wine's powerful and concentrated profile makes it a great match for bold, flavorful dishes.Avoid overly delicate dishes as they may be overwhelmed by the wine's intensity.
  • Grilled lamb chops with a blackberry reduction sauce to complement the fruity notes.
  • Beef tenderloin with peppercorn crust to enhance the wine's subtle pepper undertones.
  • Aged Gouda or blue cheese to pair with the wine's richness and tannic structure.
The Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2022 impressively lives up to its critical acclaim, offering a harmonious blend of power and finesse. The well-structured palate, rich flavor profile, and balanced acidity make it a standout Syrah. Enjoyable now, but with aging potential for those seeking a rewarding evolution in the bottle.
JD 98

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2022 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard ratchets up the intensity and has a saturated purple hue as well as a killer nose of ripe black and blue fruits, graphite, ground pepper, and crushed stone-like minerality. Rich, concentrated, and powerful, it shines for its purity, has building tannins, and a great finish.

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Nestled in the picturesque embrace of California's Santa Ynez Valley, Tensley Wines stands as a testament to winemaking excellence, driven by the vision and dedication of its founder and winemaker, Joey Tensley. Established in 1998, this distinguished winery has not only earned its place among California's wine elite but has also redefined the art of winemaking in the region. Born and raised in the picturesque landscapes of Santa Barbara County, Joey Tensley's journey into the world of winemaking was ignited at the tender age of twelve during a soccer tournament in France. It was a pivotal moment when he and his team ventured into a local winery. The chilling air of the old cellars and the intoxicating aromas of fermenting wines left an indelible mark on young Joey's soul, sowing the...check our brand Tensley
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Syrah, a dark-skinned red grape, has earned its place in the wine world as a producer of full-bodied wines boasting robust fruit flavors. While its origins have stirred debates, the northern Rhône Valley of eastern France is indisputably its modern viticultural home. Additionally, in Australia, Syrah reigns supreme and is often known as Shiraz, gaining a distinct personality in this land down under. One of the defining features of Syrah is its adaptability to various viticultural regions across the globe. It flourishes in temperate to warm climates, where it can manifest its true potential. The climatic conditions and soil profiles of these regions play a crucial role in nurturing this grape variety. Syrah wines emanate a captivating bouquet. In their youth, they can be quite...Please check Syrah for more information

Winemaker of Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2022

Joey Tensley

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In 1998, Joey Tensley embarked on a winemaking journey that would see him evolve from a small-scale, one-hundred-case operation to the helm of Tensley Wines, a flourishing 5,000-case-a-year business. His vision was clear: craft well-priced, Syrah-driven wines that allowed the distinct vineyards of Santa Barbara County to express themselves. Joey's passion for winemaking took root at the age of twelve during a soccer team tour of a French winery. The coolness of the old caves and the captivating aromas of fermenting wines left an indelible mark on him, setting the course for his future. A decade later, in 1993, he entered the wine industry as a "cellar rat" at Fess Parker Winery, swiftly ascending to the role of assistant winemaker at Babcock Vineyards. Here, he developed a profound... More Products
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