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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Santa Barbara County|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Vegan|
One of the rising stars of California winemaking, Joey Tensley gained his reputation by focusing on single vineyard syrahs and Rhône blends from Santa Barbara County. His first experience with wine took place when he was just twelve-years-old, when his soccer team toured a winery while taking part in a tournament in France. From the moment he stepped in the old caves and felt the atmosphere, he knew he wanted to be a winemaker. Taking advantage of the many micro-climates that the Santa Barbara mountain range provides, due to the fact that its one of the only mountain ranges in the world that runs east-west, Joey cultivates his chardonnay and pinot noir in areas that are close to the ocean, while growing his Rhône varietals – syrah, grenache and viognier – further inland. This "lite" syrah, farmed organically, comes from a coastal vineyard in Santa Barbara that was harvested at a much lower level of ripeness than typical of the Central Coast. The result is a lower alcohol, Vin de Pays style wine that's deliciously versatile, with dark, juicy fruit and a lively streak of acidity for structure. Sustainably grown, vegan.