A Master’s Signature Blend
Joey Tensley, who according to Robert Parker has “flirt(ed) with perfection” earning 99 points for his Estate Syrah, keeps giving lovers of blockbuster red blends so many fresh reasons to hold him in such high regard. Here’s one more: Tensley’s recently-acquired Colson Canyon Vineyard boasts 16-acres of prime grapes in Santa Barbara’s Santa Maria Valley sub-appellation. Exactly the same site as his 99-point Syrah. “‘All Blocks’ has some of the best Grenache ever from the vineyard,” Tensley told us, and the critics agree. Jeb Dunnuck, recently departed from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate and writing in his new online publication, salivates over the “full-bodied” spicy fruit, licorice, and herbes de Provence, calling it “elegant and seamless” and “impossible to resist,” then pinned on 93 points. Galloni raved that it’s “a beauty in every way,” coming in at 91-93. So why try to resist, especially at just $29.99/bottle?
If you’re looking for an authoritative take on California wines, you can’t do better than Jeb Dunnuck, the critic Robert Parker picked to lead The Wine Advocate’s California reviews. And when Jeb is looking for the best Rhone blends from California, he turns to Joey Tensley. Before he left Parker’s publication, Dunnuck at The Wine Advocate gave Tensley’s 2015 “All Blocks” GSM blend 91-94 points, now in his brand-new online publication, Dunnuck awarded this “full-bodied, elegant and seamless” red a solid 93 points.
Before Parker came calling and before the launch of JebDunnuck.com, the software engineer would work all day, then toil through the night on his labor of love, the Rhône Report blog. The venerable Robert Parker called Dunnuck “a younger version of myself” and we’ve watched him rise from blogger to the Advocate’s Rhône Chief to a peerless authority in his own right. Throughout all that, one thing has remained constant: like us, Dunnuck has always been blown away by Joey Tensley’s wines.