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Tensley/Lea

Owner(s) Jennifer Tensley, Joey Tensley
 
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Tensley is a family owned winery specializing in vineyard-designated Syrah. Winemaker Joey Tensley has been highly lauded by Robert Park. Lea Wines include a Syrah Rose and single-vineyard Pinot Noir made by Jennifer Tensley. Established in 1998, production reached 3,300 cases by 2006 including seven single-vineyard Syrahs, the most in Santa Barbara County.

The Tensley tasting room is located in Los Olivos at 2900 Grand Avenue and is open Friday through Sunday.

Reviewed Wines

NV Deux Terres Red Wine

13.7% alc., $45. 50% French and 50% American grapes. Two French winemakers (Roger and daughter Julie Belland of Domaine Roger Belland) and 1 American winemaker (Jennifer Tensley of Lea Wines) collaboration. Two different terroirs (2009 Lea Turner Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2009 Domaine Roger Belland Santenay-Commes Premier Cru), but two similar winemaking philosophies. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red berries, dried rose petals and balsam with a hint of pungency from volatile acidity. Tasty core of dark red berry and cherry fruit. Earthy and minerally, with complimentary oak, ripe, firm tannins, and a crisp finish tasting of cherries. A unique wine, speaking more of Burgundy than California. Good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »