Category: syrah

2016 Domaine Turner Pageot 48 H “L’Existence d…

2016 Domaine Turner Pageot 48 H “L’Existence des Choix”

Happy Monday! Welcoming the week with some adult soda. Strawberries and cherries on the nose. Delicious chewy, gummy, peppered red fruit on the palate. This is just fun to drink. Especially at this price. You should drink it too.

4/5 bones


Grenache (80%), Syrah (20%) 

14% abv

Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE



TENSLEY WINE COMPANY:  Delicious, classic, affordable California

– we said delicious, affordable, and California all at once. This is is
generally one of those situations where you can only pick two. And
that’s why we’re excited about Joey Tensley. He started out in 1998 with
very small production intending to make wines that let some of the
unique and little-known vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for
themselves. Almost twenty years later Tensley is well-known for
producing excellent wines in this region, one of the only growing areas
in the world with a mountain range that runs east-west. That aspect
creates a lot of different microclimates. While Tensley and its
reputation continue to grow, Joey remains true to his original
philosophy: “Get out of the way and let the vineyard speak for
itself.” Tonight, our good friend Paul from T. Edward Wines will be behind the Lions Club Bar pouring three Tensley wines for you. It is August, and two of them will be CHILLED. A/C is cranking as always in the Shrine of Wine and of course we’ll have the WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, and VINYL!

Tensley Wine Company, Joey Tensley Chardonnay Central Coast 2017

us, drinking this wine is kind of like going back in time – a classic
early California Chardonnay designed for drinking but before industrial
farming and cynical winemaking set in and everyone got all upset and the
reputation of Chardonnay was twisted forever. This is as good a time as
any to remind ourselves that Chardonnay is simply one of the world’s
greatest grapes. It can grow almost anywhere and it’s essentially
neutral so it will take in the terroir like nobody’s business. In this
case that’s the sunny California Coast
running from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, an area famous for its
profound natural beauty and for making world class Chardonnay. $20

Tensley Wine Company, Santa Barbara County Syrah Lite 2018

Syrah “LITE” comes from a Coastal vineyard in Santa Barbara from fruit
that was harvested less ripe than most grapes in the area. Syrah is what
Tensley is most known for, and in this case has the skill to bend the
beast without breaking it. This Vin de Pays version
is just the kind of wine we’re looking for most of the time these
days. Try one of our favorite tricks – hold it up to the light and
imagine drinking it cold. Then drink it of course. Indigenous yeast and
six months in neutral barrel. Organic & very chillable.  $17

Tensley Wine Company, Joey Tensley Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2017

Damn. Somebody’s
been practicing. That’s what we thought when first tasted this –
Tensley is just a good wine maker. It’s really that simple. This wine
defies flavor profile expectations for cabernet where it’s grown and yet
is also classic cab. Delicious deep red and black fruit
flavors, cassis and a little spice, nicely integrated tannins. It’s a
wine that is sure to please many looking for bigger reds and it’s also a
fantastic barbecue wine. From Guyot trained vines, the wine sees 8 months in French oak with no more than 15% of that new.  $20

🍷👅TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM! @heartofthebeat fro…

🍷👅TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM! @heartofthebeat from is behind the bar pouring wines exclusively from @tensleywines DELICIOUS, CLASSIC, AFFORDABLE CALIFORNIA! Yes, it IS possible… #drinkwine #californiawine #joeytensleywine #tensleywineco #chardonnay #syrah #cabernetsauvignon #greenpoint #goingtocali (at Dandelion Wine)

2012 Alban Vineyards “Patrina” Syrah

2012 Alban Vineyards “Patrina” Syrah

Oh heyyyy. Enjoying some lovely California Syrah this Wine Wednesday. Ripe, cooked blackberries, black raspberries, black olives, a hint of meat, brown pie spices, crème de cassis, hint of church candle wax and incense on the nose. Luscious blackberries, black raspberries, cassis, licorice, and olive on the palate with that lingering hint of ground beef. Yum!

4/5 bones



15.4% abv

Edna Valley, California, USA

🍷  Enjoying this lovely $17 Xavier Vignon V…

🍷  Enjoying this lovely $17

Xavier Vignon Ventoux (89 pts) from Rhône that will be coming to LCBO VINTAGES July 20. Full review here:

🍷  Enjoying this Ortas Tradition Rasteau (88 …

🍷  Enjoying this Ortas Tradition Rasteau (88 pts) from Rhône tonight. Coming to LCBO VINTAGES on July 20.
Good buy at $18.

Full review:

🍷  Cooling down with this fresh and organic T…

🍷  Cooling down with this fresh and organic Tavel (88 pts) tonight. Available at LCBO now for $17. Full review here:

🍷  It’s Friday night! Enjoying this 2016 Ch…

🍷  It’s Friday night! Enjoying this

2016 Château d’Aigueville Côtes-du-Rhône Villages (88+ pts) tonight. On promotion right now at LCBO with 5 Bonus Air Miles with purchase. Full review here:

🍷  The 2016 Château de Tréviac Corbières is…

🍷  The 2016

Château de Tréviac Corbières is an excellent mineral driven wine that’s

in my glass tonight. Coming to LCBO VINTAGES next month. 90 pts. Full review here:

2016 Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso I…

2016 Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri

Happy Friday!! Enjoying this Super Tuscan from a great producer with some friends of mine. Dark plums, red and black cherries, cedar, velvet, chocolate powder, and Mexican chocolate on the nose. Plummy and velvety on the palate with refreshing acidity on the backend. Cherries, chocolate, and mint (but not in a heavy way) on the palate. 

4/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (30%), Syrah (15%)

13.5% abv

Tuscany, ITALY