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tensley2013 Tensley Blanc SOLD OUT

The Grenache Blanc and Roussanne for the Tensley Blanc come from continuous blocks in the Camp 4 vineyard. They are picked together and aged together in neutral French oak. This wine is bottled fairly quickly, in January, to retain freshness and crisp acidity. The Grenache Blanc brims with steely minerality and fresh notes of green apple that balance beautifully with the rich, tropical fruits and lush mouth feel of the Roussanne. Pair this Blanc with spicy Thai dishes, fish dishes, or chilled shellfish. This wine is enjoyable now but should age well over the next 3 to 4 years.


Price: $28.00
Cellar Club Price: $23.80
Cases Produced: 175





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2013 Tensley Vineyard Syrah    (Vinous: 91-93 pts)



This is the very first vintage to be harvested from our Tensley estate vineyard.  This two-acre parcel is planted directly behind our house and carefully tended to by our grower and by us. Our son, Oliver, actually planted the very first vine in 2011 and even harvested the first cluster three years later. The vineyard has great sun exposure, sandy soil and a gentle slope that provides great drainage for the vines. This year’s Tensley Vineyard Syrah is dark and intense with highlights of red plums and cherries nicely balanced by a subtle earthiness and firm, grainy tannins.  We are very proud of the quality of this vintage and can’t wait to see how the vines and the wine develop in the future. Drink this wine now or age it 7 to 10 years.


Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 240





tensley2013 Turner Vineyard Syrah

This vineyard always delivers a fascinating wine that is indicative of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in which it grows. Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest climate in our Santa Barbara County appellation and, for Syrah, cool climate equals pepper. The nose of this wine bursts with aromas of black and white pepper that are equally expressive in the mouth. Smoke, red and black fruits, spice, and leather round out this vintage that shows an elegant, silky texture and long finish. Drink this wine now or age it up to ten years.


Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 125





tensley2013 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah   (Vinous: 92 – 94 pts) SOLD OUT

This year’s Colson represents one of the most powerful and structured Colson’s we’ve produced to date. 2013 was a very dry vintage that stressed the vines and resulted in small, intense berries that gave us dark, intense juice. After approximately 21 days of skin contact, the juice was pressed off to French oak barrels for aging. 80% of the barrels were neutral and 20% were new, following our traditional aging plan for the Colson. The resulting wine is deep and pure with woody notes and a decadent, velvety mouthfeel. Blackberries, black currants, smoke, pepper and vanilla round out the flavor profile. Drink this wine now or age it up to 12 years.


Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 1780





tensley2013 Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah

Our section of this Ballard Canyon vineyard is planted on a steep, windy slope ideal for growing Syrah.  Year after year Tierra Alta delivers a solid wine that is structured with subtle tannins and an appealing, floral nose.  Because of the dryness of this vintage, this year’s Tierra Alta is particularly extracted with deep, dark notes of cherries, licorice, and leather.  This wine is very approachable in its youth but will also age well over the next 8 or 9 years.


Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 160





tensley2013 Thompson Vineyard Syrah

While we are proud of every vintage of this serious, structured Syrah, this year’s Thompson makes a particularly impressive statement with some of the most extracted fruit characteristics it has offered to date. Deep, dark notes of blackberries and currants are balanced by the bright streak of acidity and red fruits that Thompson never fails to offer. Chewy tannins and a long finish round out this well-balanced wine. Thompson is always a wine for aging and we think this one will evolve nicely over the next ten years.

Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 175





tensley2013 Colson Canyon Vineyard Grenache

Sourced from the rugged, rocky-soiled Colson Canyon Vineyard, these Grenache grapes consistently produce a deep, round and very extracted wine. We make the Grenache exactly the same way as we make our Syrah’s. Thirty percent of the grapes for this wine are left as whole clusters while the rest are destemmed by gravity. The wine is then punched down by hand three times a day for about 21 days and pressed straight to neutral French oak barrels. The result is a bright, fruit-driven, and spicy wine that resonates with rich notes of black and red cherries. Age this wine over the next 7 to 9 years.


Price: $34.00
Cellar Club Price: $28.90
Cases: 225





tensley2013 Lea Buona Terra Vineyard Pinot Noir

Like all of the vineyard-designated Lea Pinot Noir’s, this wine is sourced from the renowned Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Known for its fog-influenced mornings and cooler temperatures, Sta. Rita Hills is considered an ideal growing climate for Pinot. The Buona Terra Pinot is particularly Burgundian in style, showing bright acidity and snappy red fruits as well as a lifted, almost floral nose. This wine pairs beautifully with dishes of all types – fish, chicken or beef - and shows a long, complex finish. Drink this Pinot Noir now or age it over the next 5 to 7 years.


Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 122





tensley2013 Lea Turner Vineyard Pinot Noir

This is the first Pinot Noir ever made under the Lea label and we could not be happier that we got in on the ground floor with this outstanding vineyard. Planted on a gentle slope in very sandy soil, these vines are low-yielding and produce beautifully small clusters with tiny berries that inevitably deliver an intense, extracted wine. Though very fruit-driven, this wine is always elegantly balanced, with bright acidity and a streak of earth, spice and minerals. Drink this Pinot Noir now or age it over the next 7 or 8 years.


Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 125





tensley2013 Lea Mormann Vineyard Pinot Noir

Located in the well-respected Sta. Rita Hills appellation, Mormann is one of the sandiest vineyards we have ever worked with. While that may not sound ideal for growing, sandy soils are great for grape vines. The poor water retention and excellent drainage lead to smaller berries, fewer clusters and more intense grapes that produce more intense wine. This year’s Mormann is bright, fresh and driven by mouth-watering notes of red plums, cherries, ripe raspberries, and pomegranate. The finish is long and silky with hints of spice and minerals. Drink this wine now or age it over the next eight years.


Price: $42.00
Cellar Club Price: $35.70
Cases Produced: 120





tensleyLea Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir sourced from three vineyards within the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, an area known to have ideal growing conditions for Pinot. The grapes come from the Turner Vineyard, Mormann Vineyard, and Buona Terra Vineyard, and each brings its own signature to the blend. Buona Terra contributes red fruits and fresh acidity while the Turner delivers darker, stone fruit notes and a streak of exotic spice and pepper. Mormann rounds out the blend with a silky texture, long finish and juicy red raspberry and pomegranate. This wine is very food friendly and pairs well with everything from delicate shellfish dishes to grilled steak. Drink this wine now or age it up to six years.


Price: $34.00
Cellar Club Price: $28.90
Cases Produced: 2600





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2011 “27 Month” Syrah - 93 points/Antonio Galloni, Vinous



This one-time-only bottling of 100% Colson Canyon Syrah aged 27 months in 100% new French oak was inspired by a trip Joey and our assistant winemaker, Zac Wasserman, made to France. While there they met some French winemakers who were experimenting with new techniques to keep wines clean, fresh and free of volatile acidity as they aged for an extended period of time. These barrels were tipped at a 45 degree angle and not opened at all for six months. When barrels are tilted, the rubber bung that closes the top of the barrel is submerged, sealing out any oxygen at all and eliminating the need to top off the barrel on a regular basis. This wine is rich and deeply layered. It brims with notes of plums and dark cherries as well as toasty coffee and vanilla. This wine is approachable now but will age well over the next 15 years.


Price: $50.00
Cellar Club Price: $42.50
Cases Produced: 75





tensley2013 Lea Mormann Vineyard Chardonnay

Each vintage the goal with the Lea Chardonnay is to make a wine that shows hints of the buttery notes of our French oak barrels without overwhelming the crispness and beautiful fruit of the Mormann vineyard located in the prestigious Sta. Rita Hills appellation. So far our solution, vintage after vintage, has been to age the wine in neutral oak barrels (2 years old and older) rather than new ones. The resulting wine shows nice but subtle notes of vanilla and butter along with a pronounced brightness, freshness and crisp minerality as well as a lush mouthfeel and long finish. Look for notes of white peaches, lemony citrus, pear, and nectarines. Enjoy this wine now or age it over the next five years.


Price: $32.00
Cellar Club Price: $27.50
Cases Produced: 95





tensley2012 Thompson Vineyard Syrah

The Thompson Vineyard, established in 1990, has long been a favorite for Syrah. In fact, even if we wanted to make more of this wine (which we would love to do) we can’t because no one is giving up rows in Thompson if they are lucky enough to have them. Thomspon is hilly, Southern-facing and, because of windy conditions, naturally farms itself at an ideal 3 tons per acre or less. This year’s Thompson is concentrated, robust and dark crimson in color. It shows beautiful depth but also freshness. Look for notes of dark red fruits, leather and spice as well as a solid tannic structure and long, lingering finish. The Thompson is always a great choice for aging and this one should evolve nicely over the next 12 years.

Price: $38.00
Cellar Club Price: $32.30
Cases Produced: 141





tensley2012 Lea Buona Terra Vineyard Pinot Noir

This is this first vineyard-designated Pinot Noir we have produced from the Buona Terra Vineyard and we are very excited with the results. This section of Buona Terra, like our sections at the Turner and Moormann vineyards, is planted entirely to the renowned Pommard clone. It should be a fascinating vintage to compare these three wines which are the same clone and made exactly alike. Their only difference is their terroir. The Buona Terra is brimming with flavors of pomegranate, wild berry and and raspberry with a silky, rounded mouthfeel and chewy tannins. Buona Terra is in quite a cool location lending the wine hints of spice and black and white pepper. Drink now or age this wine for 5 to 7 years.


Price: $38.00
Cellar Club Price: $32.30
Cases Produced: 47





tensley2010 Détente


Détente is a unique, Rhône-style blend that brings France and California together in one elegant, fruit-driven and very balanced wine. 50% of this blend comes from the 80-year-old Grenache vines of Domaine de Montvac, located in the town of Vacqueyras in the Southern Rhône region of France. There winemaker and owner Cécile Dusserre harvests and vinifies the Grenache before shipping us the finished wine. The Grenache is then blended with 50% Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah to create the Détente. 2010 was a cool harvest for us and for Cécile which meant the grapes spent a longer time on the vine, increasing each berry’s complexity and lending them a fresh acidity. In this wine, the bright berry notes, minerality and earthiness of Cecile’s Grenache marry beautifully with the dark plum, blackberry, pepper and chocoate notes of the Colson. This wine shows depth and focus. The finish is long and lingering with well-integrated, fine tanins. The 2010 Détente has had some time to age in the bottle and is drinking beautifully now but will also continue to evolve over the next 7 or 8 years.


Price: $45.00
Cellar Club Price: $38.25
Cases Produced: 100