Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016! #31
92WS - "This expressive white is aromatic and juicy, featuring a rich, ripe, fleshy core of apricot and peach flavors, with accents of vanilla bean, honeysuckle and melon. A spicy note lingers on the long finish. Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay." - Wine Spectator, 92 points!
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"A masterful expression of white Rhône varietals, an aromatic white wine with essences of tangerine and ripe melon, layered with honeysuckle and hazelnut." - Winery
A Rhone-style blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay.
The 2014 was #29 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015!
Tenshen (spelled "tenshən") is a collaboration between winemaker Joey Tensley and vintner Alex Guarachi. Tensley has built a reputation for his great aptitude with California Rhônes under his highly regarded other label, Tensley Wines, where he exclusively focuses on Syrah. The new tenshən brand was created in partnership with vintner and veteran importer, marketer and innovator, Alex Guarachi, who is founder and CEO of Guarachi Wine Partners. With Tenshen, free of varietal restrictions, the winemaker went for a wider range of grapes to make the best out of the high quality grapes available.
The name "tenshən" is a play on words that nods to Tensley's winemaking acumen and the tension that occurs with harvesting. Tension is a tenacious energy that a wine possesses, inspired by the process of picking at the just-ripe-enough precipice and then getting out of the way. Alex Guarachi and Joey Tensley believe that great wine is all about tension and the elusiveness of this characteristic. As such, the labyrinth design of the label is emblematic of this puzzle or challenge that winemakers face.