(805) 688-6761 100 Los Padres Rd, Ste 3
Buellton, CA 93427
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Tensley Wines is a family owned and operated winery focusing on vineyard designated Syrah within Santa Barbara County. Established in 1998, the first release of Tensley totaled just 100 cases. In 2006, our production reached 3,300 cases and included seven single-vineyard Syrahs, the most in Santa Barbara County. Though we've grown in size, our philosophy has never changed - source the best fruit possible and let the vineyard speak for itself. For tasting and wine purchases, please call, order online, or stop by our tasting room. The Tensley Tasting Room is located in the scenic town of Los Olivos in the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country. In the same tasting room is Carina Cellars Wines, these Rhone style wines are also produced by Joey with the same degree of quality he gives to his own label. – Description from dvoristanac

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  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Barbera

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Grenache

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz Barossa 2012


    Whew - did the pepper ever come out as this sat. Kinda took over. The fruit was typical of JCRS, as was the coffee, cocao and that Barossa dirt - the extent of the spice would has handled any Spnish, Mexican, burger or pizza food offerings out there. Just a little less and this would have been a 91. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

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  • Tensleysyrah Santa Barbara County 2012


    Really a complex wine - rustic and gamy, blueberries, red plum, chocolate and...wait for it...a splash of Tuscany citrus that was damned amazing. This all carried through to the palate in spades and followed for a lengthy aftertaste. Stunning - drink or hold - Paul.91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Here's the funny thing:  For just a minute, Napa Ridge Cab was made ... turned it into vinegar. Tensley Syrah is really bad, but it gets great marks from Parker.  Maybe all my bottles were off.  If JD still has the one he bought from me for his dad, I will buy it back and destroy it.  Coelho sold Dois Hermanos PN as a mystery wine from Garagis... Read More

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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • Uncorked the first of the Santa Barbara cache this evening - ... CA. I believe this is Joey Tensley's second label.  A bit on the jammy side with loads of ripe dark fruit, black cherries, slightly underipe plums that are nicely balanced with some zingy acidity. The tannins are fairly mild and the finish hangs on for a decent amount of time.  Th... Read More

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  • Qupe has always impressed me with their reasonable pricing.  Lately ... ... bad wine. I bought some Tensley a couple years ago from WineAccess after all the RP hype.  It was a huge disappointment--I actually wonder if there was something wrong with the bottles.  But it also caused me to realize that I can't take Parker's word for anything rela... Read More

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  • Sitting at the kitchen table after a long day of travel and sorting through my ... the shared tasting room of Tensley and Carina Cellars. Starting with Tensley, we tasted several of their single vineyard (2013) syrahs and a white Rhone blend (Grenache Blanc and Roussanne).  All were well made but nothing really rung my bell. We then walked acr... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • NG stole my reco for Lafond.  I've mentioned elsewhere that I like ... overblown fruit and VA like Tensley (one of my worst purchases), and not so forward as Stolpman.  Can't say anything about the PN there or the Chardonnay, but it's very convenient and you'll probably like the wine.I have a friend who loves Jaffurs Syrah and PS, but it's onl... Read More

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  • There's also Covenant and a bunch of others.  Many of them are, more ... I've bought Stolpman and Tensley and it wasn't much better, RP's points be damned, but I also paid $20 for those, in spite of their alleged higher retail. &nbs Read More

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