2022 Tensley, P2KV, Zaca Mesa Vineyard Viognier & Rousanne, Santa Barbara County, California, USA

2022 Tensley, P2KV, Zaca Mesa Vineyard Viognier & Rousanne, Santa Barbara County, California, USA

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2022 Tensley, P2KV, Zaca Mesa Vineyard Viognier & Rousanne, Santa Barbara County, California, USA

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The Zaca Mesa Vineyard vines were planted in 1997 offering the wine great concentration. The nose is wonderfully perfumed with notes of elderflower and peach. This is a full-bodied white with great power alongside an incredible salinity akin to great sweet wines. On the palate, there are delectable notes of peach, pear and white stone fruits that are impressively long-lasting on the finish.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Edward Howell, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (November 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck95-97/100

Black raspberries, blueberries, woodsmoke, candied violets, and pepper are just some of the nuances in the 2022 P2KV GSM Zaca Mesa Vineyard, a ripe, round, yet still pure and precise blend that does everything right. It will stand toe to toe with some great Southern Rhônes and should have a decade of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (August 2023)

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About this WINE

Tensley Wines

Tensley Wines

Joey Tensley discovered wine at the age of 12 during a soccer trip to Bordeaux. He started making wine in 1993 at 22 and set up his own Tensley brand in 1998, spending the next 20 years finessing his craft with vintages in Chile, Argentina, Spain, and the Rhône Valley. Joey had already discovered a particular passion for Syrah and had started his own production in Santa Barbara with the mindset to create great quality and affordable wines from Rhône varieties.

He has since extended his range, producing exciting top-quality Syrah from single vineyards with excellent cellaring potential under the Tensley label, as well as brilliant and affordable Rhône blends, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon for drinking now under his Fundamental label.

Joey’s approach is simple: he works with great fruit from the best growers in the Central Coast and is as ‘hands-off’ as possible in the winery with minimum use of oak and sulfur. In 2016, he purchased 16 acres of his only estate vineyard, Colson Canyon, which lies above the all-important fog line, from which he had already been buying grapes to make his flagship cuvée since 2000.

Known as the King of Syrah, Joey Tensley has become renowned for his expertise with this variety, gaining a long list of accolades and high scores from critics such as Robert Parker. Today, he is widely recognized as one of the foremost winemakers in California. His wines reflect his thoughtful, laid-back approach and demonstrate a mineral purity that is quite exceptional for this region, especially at these price points.

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Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County

At the foot of the Central Coast, just north of Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara County reverberates with its Missionary past, although viticulture as we know didn't arrive here until the 1970s. Now there are 6,000 ha of world class Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

While fog banks shape the season, together with a notable rainfall deficit between May & November, elevated terraces such as Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley AVA faciliate premium fruit growing. Santa Ynez Valley AVA enjoys similar trait, though cooler still;

Recommended Producers:
Au Bon Climat's Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay from the region's Santa Rita hills is a prime example. Qupe are another excellent source

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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