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2012 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Santa Barbara County
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

Inky purple.  Pungent dark fruit liqueur, cherry-cola and potpourri on the deeply scented nose, with hints of smoky minerals and black pepper adding complexity.  Lush cassis and cherry compote flavors show impressive power, with exotic candied violet and Indian spice qualities building in the glass.  Dusty tannins add grip to a long, sweet, and penetrating finish.  A rich and lively wine.

94-96+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Remarkable Syrah
by Fannin10580945
This was a pop and pour from a cool cellar. Initially, the nose was savory, with herbs, underbrush and road tar/bacon fat notes. But on first taste, the palate exploded in fruit and floral notes. After a little time for air and a bit of warming, the nose and palate aligned. The wine is intense and bold, yet focused and elegant with no rough edges and a long smooth finish. It's outstanding and very engaging in its youth, so it will be hard to resist and see how it ages. Very, very nice wine!
Great but will get even better
by Tocai442354
Excellent now but will cellar for 1-2 more years.


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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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