2019 Santa Barbara County Syrah (93 points, Jeb Dunnuck)
Once again, this blend brings together all of the fascinating microclimates Santa Barbara County has to offer. It’s based in Tensley’s backbone vineyards: Thompson, Colson Canyon, and Tensley, and also features Syrah from Cottonwood Canyon and Estelle Vineyards. Some of these vineyards are cool and fog-influenced, while others are dry and windy. The resulting wine celebrates all that each microclimate has to offer. The blend is elegant with complex notes of red plums, blackberries, exotic spices, and peppered meats. This wine shows silky tannins and beautiful balance, and, to quote wine critic Jeb Dunnuck, is a “smoking value.” Drink this wine now or age it for 8 to 10 years.