2021 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard



Fruity | New World


Type Red, Table, Dry
Country U.S.
Region California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Colson Canyon
Variety Syrah
Farming Organic (not certified)
Alcohol 15%
Drink Date 2023 – 2045
Published January 2024
2021 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard
Rating: Excellent

Very Good


Fruit, Earth & Oak Aromas & Flavors Pleasing Fruit and/ or earth aromas and taste The varietal character of the grape really gets your attention Stops you in your tracks
Complexity On the nose and palate, multiple sensory elements across the fruit, earth & oak spectrum More elements are in play, at more sensory-stimulating levels; a sense of place Each time you smell, each time you taste, you sense new, deeper elements
Balance Harmonious; not dominated by one element, like jammy fruit or oak The harmony holds as intensity builds A full chorus or orchestra , all in tune
Finish Some duration, a pleasant reminder Duration up to 20 seconds Duration exceeds 20 seconds
Primary Flavors
  • Cassis
  • Black Current
  • Rasberry
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Grilled Meat
  • Vanilla








Old World
New World
About this Wine

A dense ruby-purple and highly aromatic, this wine has a deep, concentrated core of dark fruits, cracked pepper, smoked meat and a touch of vanilla on the finish. The palate is full-bodied with medium-grained tannins and builds to a long perfumed finish. Despite the concentration of dark fruits, the wine has a bracing line of acidity and maintains freshness throughout. This is a wine that can be enjoyed now for its lifted aromatics and primary fruit or aged for one or two decades to reveal its more earthy notes.

Tensley’s Colson Canyon Vineyard

Santa Barbara County is one of the most southerly cool-climate wine regions in the Northern Hemisphere, and Colson Canyon, at an elevation of 1,400 feet above sea level, experiences warm, windy days with very cool nights. This combination helps grapes mature fully and develop ripe flavors, all while maintaining natural acidity that brings freshness and balance. 2021, one of the coolest vintages in a decade, was near-idyllic, with dry conditions leading to concentration while a cool, clear fall offered long picking windows with ripe fruit and mature tannins. The Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard benefited in all ways from these conditions.

Joey Tensley, Owner, Winemaker

A young Joey Tensley was inspired to make wine at age 12 while on a tour of a French winery during a soccer tournament. He’s been making wine since the early 1990s and winning awards for his Syrahs since 2001.

Tasting rooms can be found in two locations: near the winery, in Los Olivos; and in Los Angeles, opened in 2023.