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Bill Carlson Wine Time January 2016

  • January 7, 2016
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Tenshen Wines Bill Carlson, Seville Quarter Tenshen is a new wine collaboration between a highly successful wine importer, Alex Guarachi and one of California�s hottest winemakers, Joey Tensley.� Together they have come up with a white and red blend using primarily Rhone grape varietals grown in sun-drenched Santa Barbara California.� They have simply named the wine Tenshen as this play on words is how tense a winemaker fells before harvest to make sure everything goes perfectly ensuring a super bottle of wine. Winemakers love blending wines from different grape varietals as they feel truly artistic getting the blend just right.� Wine lovers are gravitating more and more to blends instead of wines made from one grape.� The blended wines are fascinating with their layers of flavors and complexity. The 2014 Tenshen White Blend is a four grape blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc with a bit of Chardonnay thrown in.� The Wine Spectator recently published its annual Top 100 Wines for 2015 and this wine was bestowed the 29th best wine of the year.� That is pretty impressive for a wine that we sell in the Wine Shop for $17.99.� A juicy white with notes of white peaches and honeydew melon, this medium bodied wine is a great alternative for Chardonnay drinkers.� We first got the Tenshen Red in the shop six months ago and it sold out in a week and couldn�t get more until the next vintage.� So were very happy that the 2014 Tenshen Red Blend ($22.99) has just been released and there appears to be more supply this time.� The red is a five grape blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petit Sirah and Merlot, aged 10 months in oak.� It�s a pretty extracted dense wine that is packed with black fruits, bing cherries and a kick of white pepper on the finish.� This wine is delicious now but will age gracefully for 5-10 years.� The Tenshen wines are great additions to the Seville Wine Shop.� The wines are dynamite and the bottles stand out in their cutting edge black and white packaging.� Everybody needs to experience a little Tenshen in their life!
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