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2010 Tensley Syrah Noir Santa Barbara County
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

(sourced from Colson Canyon vineyard):  Inky purple.  Heady, exotically perfumed bouquet of blackberry, cherry-cola, licorice and incense, with a note of spicecake in the background.  Ripe, silky and expansive, with a zesty spine of acidity providing lift and focus to the sweet dark berry compote and floral pastille flavors.  Sexy and approachable already but this seamless, alluring syrah has the depth to reward patience.

96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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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