Tenshen White 2020
Aromas of tangerine and ripe melon lead to flavors of peach and apricot. Balanced acidity and juicy honeysuckle accent the finish with a hint of hazelnut.
Blend: 60% Viognier, 30% Grenache Blanc, 10% Chardonnay
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This blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Chardonnay aged two months in (20% new) French oak and rested in stainless-steel tanks. Following powdery and sweet floral scents, notes of salted pear, tangerine peel, and jasmine create the wine’s namesake tension and lean edginess.
“tensh?n” is a play on words that nods to the winemaking acumen and the tension that occurs when harvesting. tensh?n’s thought provoking Rhône blends are tenacious and alluring. An abstract energy that a wine possesses, inspired by picking at a just-ripe-enough precipice and then getting out of the way. Winemaker and Owner are Julian Gonzales and Alex Guarachi.
With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate Central Coast wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.
Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.