Joey Tensley

Fundamental Red Wine Central Coast

Central Coast
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JO-ee TENS-lee FUN-duh-men-tal RED Wa-een SEN-tral KOHST
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre
Blackberry Blackberry
Leather Leather
Chocolate Chocolate
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Palate Character

Balance & Finesse 2 Rich & Full 2 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 2 Tone & Backbone 2 Powerful & Extracted 1 Bright & Crisp 2
Powerful & Extracted
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Tasting Notes
Dark rich blackberry fruit with notes of leather, spice, and a chocolate finish.
Red/Violet Tinge
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre
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Why this wine made the cut…
Powerful and Extracted yet nuanced - and a value!
Santa Barbara County, California
50% See-RA
Syrah is widely planted throughout the world, but that was not so until the late twentieth century when Syrah was principally grown in the Rhone Valley and, as Shiraz, in Australia. Stylistically, the Palate Character of Syrah can vary depending on ripeness from a rich Round & Fleshy, Tone & Backbone, to a Powerful & Extracted. The flavors and aromas can also vary with a dark, sometimes sweet, fruit character, varying amount of spice, floral, and earth, and smoke, and meaty aromas and flavors.
25% Gruh-NASH
Grenache is widely planted throughout the world but some of the best expressions come from the southern Rhone, and in Spain’s Priorat. Grenache has small berries with thick grape skins resulting in dark, tannic wine in its youth combined with an almost ripe sweetness and elevated alcohol. Often part of a blend, Grenache offers a lot of fruit, spice, with floral and herbal notes.
25% Moor-VED-ruh
Mourvedre is widely grown in Spain, and in France, where it makes up at least 50% of Bandol, and is typically one of the main blended varietals in Chateauneuf du Pape. It is high quality and strives in hot temperatures. The grapes are dark, and tannic with ample alcohol and intense aromas, particularly of blackberries. It is valued for its heady, structured contribution to blends.
Country / State
Central Coast
Joey Tensley
Joey Tensley's cluster of grapes in handJoey Tensley's cluster of grapes in hand

Joey Tensley

Santa Barbara County, California

Joey Tensley’s first experience with wine occurred at the young age of 12. His soccer team was taking part in a tournament in France and were given a tour of a neighboring winery. Joey recalls the chilly cellars and the aromas of wine, and he knew then that he wanted to become a winemaker. 

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Joey Tensley worked at several different wineries, including Beckmen, until 1998 when he made his first 100 cases of wine with the goal of making well-priced syrah from Santa Barbara County. He is one of the early winemakers to take advantage of the myriad of microclimates and soils afforded by the Santa Barbara mountain range. 

Joey Tensely now makes 3500 cases of several different varieties, but his syrahs stand out at every price range for their energy and depth of fruit, complimented by complex floral and spice notes.