A truly amazing Syrah. This wine is form the pure Syrah grape made by a masterfulwine maker. Deep gorgeous color and a lovely fresh nose with the ripe berries, plums and cherries and violet notes that distinguish Syrah. Wonderfully balanced acidity and full bodied, with pronounced tannins.
The grapes for the SBC Syrah were sourced from the same five vineyards used to make the 2010: Camp 4, Mormann, Tierra Alta, Thompson and Colson Canyon. Robert Parker called the 2010 SBC Syrah “one of the finest values in Syrah.”
Tensley’s wife Jennifer makes some wines also and they are quite lovely. I am especially fond of her Syrah Rosé. This is the only rosé I am aware of in California to be made from single parcel, single vineyard Syrah grapes picked specifically to be rosé wine. Jennifer destemmed the grapes for this wine by gravity then crushed the grapes by foot with the help of her adorable 9-year-old son, Oliver. They used food-grade boots, of course. Half of the fruit remained on the skins for only three hours before being pressed to French oak barrels. The other half stayed on the skins overnight before going to the press. It is dry, not sweet, though it is brimming with mouthwatering fruit and floral components. Look for notes of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals complemented by citrus and exotic hints of guava. So unexpectedly delicious, this wine is not only wonderful for sipping, it is also an excellent companion to spicy Thai, Mexican or Cajun dishes.