Every month Stan Minden, Senior Wine Buyer at Belmont Beverage, and I pick a wine to taste and review for you. In the past I have referred to this as the Tiedemann On Wines wine of the month. This is really the fun part (drinking wine) of having your own wine blog. Stan offices out of the Chalet Party Shoppe on County Road 17 here in Elkhart and they have a very large selection of both old and new world wines for us to choose from. We do use a little restraint on our selections as we try to keep the price point under $30.00 a bottle. Last month we had an Oregon Pinot Noir (you can read the review here). This month we selected another new world wine: the 2013 Tenshən Red Wine. This wine is a French style southern Rhône red blend. The wine is produced in Santa Barbara County in California.
Their press release at the time of the wine’s release stated “Guarachi and Tensley share a kindred spirit in their passion for wine and love for family, friends and soccer. They have each independently carved a unique path in the lexicon of winemaking. Now, the two notable industry figures join together to pursue that which is most elusive of all wine characteristics: Tension.”
Tension, as described by Tensley, is “tenacious energy that a wine possesses, that is inspired by the process of picking at the just-ripe-enough precipice and then getting out of the way.”
The 2013 Tenshən is a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Merlot. This is an unusual blend. There were a total of 3,500 cases produced. The wine has scored well, averaging between 90 and 92 points. Here is the breakdown of the ratings:
Wine Enthusiast 92/100
Wine Spectator 92/100
Cellar Tracker 90/100
Robert Parker 90-92/100
The average retail price for the wine nationally was $26.00 with a range of $23.00 to $29.00. The Chalet price is $24.99.
This wine was a deeply colored wine, perhaps a dark garnet color. When we first opened the bottle the nose was very subtle and stubborn. As it gradually began to open it produced some aromas of dark fruit. Throughout the tasting the nose remained very soft.
On the palate the wine showed hints of fruit especially the Petite Sirah and Grenache. The palate was by no means dead, but to me it was very light. This is a balanced wine with very moderate tannins. The finish was of reasonable depth, light spice again with moderate tannins. A little dryness provided a good mouth feel, with supple texture.
This wine is a great value wine at $24.99…approachable out of the bottle and enjoyable for sipping or with a light meal. This wine will drink well over the next two to three years and would benefit from about 20 minutes of decanting before drinking.
If you live in my market, I suggest that you stop by Chalet and ask Stan for a bottle of this wine. Also while you are at it you might also want to ask Stan about the Chalet’s Wine Club. It is well worth the money and Stan picks some excellent wines for the members.
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Until next week,
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