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At the Wine House, we have been huge fans of family-run Tensley Wines for a long time. Joey Tensley makes well-known vineyard-designated Syrahs, and his wife Jennifer Lea Tensley makes vineyard-designated, Chardonnays, Roses and Pinot Noirs under her own “Lea” brand. Wine Spectator has named Tensley Wines one of the “hottest wineries,” calling Joey “a steady producer of exceptional Santa Barbara wines since 1998.” However, in addition to the vineyard-designated wines for which they are well-known, Joey and Jennifer also makes some great “everyday” wines under their second label, “Los Padres.”
Today, we have three Los Padres wines to offer you! They are all well made and well priced… these delicious, affordable wines can be enjoyed immediately, or cellared for a few years.
“I can sincerely say that these wines represent some of the best values in California wine. When I tasted them, I was immensely impressed. We have sold the Los Padres wines in the past vintages, but these new releases are the best wines that Joey and Jennifer have made to date. I completely agree with Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate when he stated about the Los Padres Syrah, “It’s a brilliant mid-week drinker and worthy of a multi-bottle purchase.” The same statement holds true for the Grenache and the Pinot Noir as well! Enjoy all of these tremendously underpriced gems!”- Jim Knight, Wine House
2011 Los Padres Syrah Santa Barbara County Wine House: $16.99
“This wine was aged for 3 months in neutral oak and then 6 months in stainless steel tanks before being bottled. Which means it is very well balanced. A wine that shows great out of the starting gates. This wine has classic SB County syrah characteristics of blackberry, violets, bacon fat, spice, and a touch of raspberry. The texture is medium weight with lush fruits and a round, soft mouthfeel. Truly delicious and easy to enjoy!”- Jim Knight
2012 Los Padres Grenache Santa Barbara County Wine House: $16.99
90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. Bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of red berry preserves, Asian spices and sandalwood. Taut and spicy on entry, then fleshier and sweeter in the mid-palate, offering vibrant raspberry and spicecake flavors and a hint of orange marmalade. Closes with strong tangy cut, silky tannins and a lingering note of bitter rhubarb. Reminds me a lot of a ripe-year cru Beaujolais from an old-school producer. Josh Raynolds
2012 Los Padres Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Wine House: $18.99
“This is a Pinot Noir that tastes as good as a wine twice its price. (Just don’t tell the Tensleys.) Everything you want in Pinot Noir: elegance, silkiness, yet with some juiciness and concentration, but not over-the-top. Classic aromatics of fresh cut berries, rose petals, and spice. A lush and graceful wine that is simply delicious!”- Jim Knight
LOS PADRES WINES
“One of the rising superstars in California”- Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate