(most recent reviews…)
|Vintage||Name||Tasting Notes||Score||Author||Maturity||Review Date|
|2014||BMT||There will be 150 six-bottle (magnum) cases of the 2014 Syrah BMT, and like the 2013, it incorporates a splash of Grenache. Upfront, sweetly fruited and about as sexy as Syrah gets, it offers full-flavored notes of cassis and black raspberry fruit, graphite, crushed flowers and violets to go with a massive, sweetly fruited, yet still focused and pure profile on the palate. Like all of Joey's 2014s, this takes concentration and ripeness to the extreme, yet holds everything together beautifully and is a joy to drink.||93-95||Jeb Dunnuck||2016-2026||Aug 2015|
|2014||Syrah Noir||Tasting like the OGT, yet even darker colored and impenetrable, the 2014 Syrah Noir redefines the term inky. Huge on all accounts, with tons of plum, smoked meats, spice, tobacco leaf and licorice, it's full-bodied, thick and unctuous, with building sweetness of fruit, a huge mid-palate and a big finish. Like in the 2013, this pushes on the sweetness level.|
Santa Barbara County’s Joey Tensley continues to make ripe, textured and voluptuous wines that deliver serious bang for the buck. The latest 2013s and 2014s are all outstanding. However, recent vintages are pushing on the sweetness level, and in a number of cases, there’s obvious residual sugar in the wines.
|92-94||Jeb Dunnuck||2016-2026||Aug 2015|
|2014||Syrah OGT||Less sweet and unctuous than the BMT, the 100% Syrah 2014 Syrah OGT comes mostly from Colson Canyon, yet has 25% each from Tierra Alta and Thompson. Inky purple and completely opaque, with incredible levels of blackberry, graphite, crushed herbs and pepper, it's thrillingly concentrated, massive and textured on the palate, and makes the 2013 look almost small in comparison. It should drink brilliantly on release and over the following decade.||94-96||Jeb Dunnuck||2016-2026||Aug 2015|
|2014||Syrah Tensley Vineyard||Showing the decadence and concentration of the vintage, the 2014 Syrah Turner Vineyard offers searing notes of pepper, crushed violets, smoked meats and plenty of sweet blackberry fruit to go with a massive, full-bodied, pedal to the metal style on the palate. Ripe, voluptuous and hedonistic (and this cuvee is normally the most cool-climate, fresh of the bunch), it's another terrific Syrah to drink on release and over the following decade.||92-95||Jeb Dunnuck||2016-2026||Aug 2015|
|2014||Syrah Thompson Vineyard||Maybe the best Thompson Vineyard Syrah to date, the 2014 Syrah Thompson Vineyard still has its savory, peppery and olive-scented bouquet, yet has an uncommon, massive core of fruit and texture that carries through the mid-palate and finish. Beautifully concentrated, full-bodied and decadent, with good acidity and notable tannin, enjoy this big, powerhouse Syrah on release and over the following decade.||93-96||Jeb Dunnuck||2016-2026||Aug 2015|
|2014||Syrah Turner Vineyard||Showing the decadence and concentration of the vintage, the 2014 Syrah Turner Vineyard offers searing notes of pepper, crushed violets, smoked meats and plenty of sweet blackberry fruit to go with a massive, full-bodied, pedal to the metal style on the palate. Ripe, voluptuous and hedonistic (and this cuvee is normally the most cool-climate, fresh of the bunch), it's another terrific Syrah to drink on release and over the following decade.||92-95||Jeb Dunnuck||2016-2026||Aug 2015|
|2014||Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard||Another blockbuster is Tensley's 2014 Syrah Colson Canyon. Yields were down close to 40% for this vineyard in 2014. The only wine to see new oak, it spends roughly 11-16 months in 40% new French oak prior to bottling. It offers incredible notes of graphite, olive tapenade, white pepper and decadent levels of black raspberry that flow beautifully to a full-bodied Syrah that has a huge mid-palate, plenty of tannin and a monster finish. It should have 10-12 years or longevity.||93-95||Jeb Dunnuck||2016-2026||Aug 2015|
|2014||Los Padres||Just bottled at the time of this tasting, Tensley's 2014 Syrah Los Padres sells for a song yet delivers tons of fruit and texture to go with lively notes of blueberry pie, cassis, graphite and violets. Big, sweetly fruited, decadent and a bonafide fruit bomb that stays classy, drink it over the coming year or two.||90||Jeb Dunnuck||2015-2017||Aug 2015|
|2013||Syrah Turner Vineyard||Tasting like a high-quality St. Joseph (maybe on steroids), the 2013 Syrah Turner Vineyard has crazy amounts of white pepper, crushed rocks, violets and ample sweet blackberry fruit on both the nose and palate. Ripe, layered and sweetly fruited, enjoy this sexy effort over the coming 7-8 years.||93||Jeb Dunnuck||2015-2023||Aug 2015|
|2013||Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard||Always the richest and most powerful of the single-vineyard releases, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is the only single-vineyard Syrah to see any new oak, yet the oak is always completely soaked up by the wealth of fruit. The 2013s inky purple color is followed by a decadent array of plums, blueberries, smoked herbs and violets characteristics that literally come soaring from the glass. Full-bodied, voluptuous and about as hedonistic as they come with lots of sweet fruit, this powerhouse effort has no hard edges and a great finish. Like a lot of Joey's wines, this pushes on the sweetness level, yet is still one sexy drink.|
The largest-scaled Colson Canyon to date, the 2013 Syrah Colson Canyon is classic cassis, black raspberry, graphite and toasty notes to go with a full-bodied, concentrated and layered profile on the palate. This got a big “Wow” in the notes, and while it doesn’t pull any punches with regards to fruit or texture, it stays lively and elegant. It will have 10-15 years of longevity.
This is another great lineup by Joey Tensley. He has a couple new releases in the lineup (Syrah 27m and the Tensley Vineyard), and his single vineyard releases continue to offer sensational value.
|94-97||Jeb Dunnuck||2015-2023||Aug 2015|