Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fundamental Wines by Joey Tensley

Introducing Fundamental Wines from Joey Tensely: While Joey Tensely has built his reputation on small production high scoring Syrah over the last two decades, he has recently turned his attention to more affordable and immediately approachable wines as well. In 2017 Tensley introduced his lineup of “Fundamental” Wines. Sourcing fruit from both Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Tensely has crafted a set of delicious wines that won’t break the bank.

"Value and over-delivering are the name of the game with these Fundamental Wines, which are made by Joey Tensley. While these aren’t huge production wines, quantities are such that you should be able to find them in the market. They’re well worth tracking down, and at these prices, they’ll make awesome weekly drinkers." - Jeb Dunnuck

2019 Fundamental Wines Cabernet Sauvignon...$16.99
Another killer value, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet) sports a deep purple color as well as classic notes of blackcurrants, red plums, tobacco leaf, and Asian spices. This ripe, fleshy, medium to full-bodied red has ripe tannins, rock-solid overall balance, and a great finish. It's another no brainer house red to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years.
Rated 91/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2019 Fundamental Wines Chardonnay...$16.99
A stunning value, the 2019 Chardonnay offers a richer, opulent style that stays fresh and lively, with good yet integrated acidity. Terrific notes of white peach, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and toasted spices all define the bouquet and it's medium to full-bodied, has a rounded, layered texture, tons of personality, and a great finish. It tastes like it cost 3-4 times the price. Drink bottles any time over the coming 2-3 years.
Rated 91/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2019 Fundamental Wines Red Wine...$16.99
The 2019 Red Wine checks in as 50% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, and the balance Viognier, all of which was 85% destemmed, and it spent 10 months in neutral oak. Lots of red, blue, and black fruits as well as peppery and spice dominate the nose, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with plenty of fruit, surprising complexity, and good overall freshness. It’s a smoking good red as well as a value. Enjoy bottles over the coming year or three.
Rated 91/100 Jeb Dunnuck

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