92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Bright purple. Expansive aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, potpourri and violet, with smoke and Indian spice nuances adding complexity very syrah. Big and lush but lively, offering potent cassis and blueberry flavors complicated by star anise and bitter chocolate. Gentle tannins add shape to the strikingly long, sappy finish.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
by Matlock 14106597
The first thing I thought when I swished this beautiful Syrah in my mouth was, "Man, I wish I had bought more"! This Syrah is so silky in the mouth and you pick up plumb and rasberry on the nose and on the finish. The taste is just extrodinary. This Syrah delivers the goods. Great effort by Tensley and great price from WA. I am generally a Cab guy but these Syrahs WA has been offering have been outstanding. I will be looking intently for the redux!
Very smooth and intense.....
Liked this syrah a lot but it is powerful, big and rich......liked it even better at room temp the next day. The intensity of it backed down a bit over night and of course the flavors presented themselves in a whole new, more layered structure. Makes me want to open a bottle well beforehand from now on. A great bargain for real intense syrah lovers at this price point.
We enjoyed this bottle with a charred medium rare rib eye. Dense, chewy with sweet fruit and a long finish were just a few attributes of this big Syrah. Looking forward to the next bottle!
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One of my favorites
by Huston, Jr10776491
Raspberry and plum tastes. It made a difference by being decanted and opened for some time.
Wine Access did another great write up and me and the guys i buy with were starving to get into something new. My wine buying group is heavy into big wines like the 07 Cabs, the Tensley was a great surprise. We thought it was going to be closed, being just a baby, but to our pleasure and surprise it was awesome right out of the bottle.
I give this one 4 stars- drink alone, meat , cigars whatever this is a very good wine- question is how long will it last and how can we get more.
A Bit Oversold
This wine was good but not up to my expectations based on the sales promo - not high on my QPR
Better than the typical wine served at a friends house but not a standout wine.
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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