||91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A finished barrel sample, the 2018 Syrah Santa Barbara County has a deep purple-black color and gregarious nose of gravel dust, cherry coulis, warm blueberries and loads of red fruit sparks with slowly opening nuances of cocoa, prosciutto and loads of exotic spices. It's full-bodied, dense and powerful, flooding the mouth with lush, ripe fruits and with a frame of firm, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing very long. This is a beast! (eb) (9/2019) 90-93 points Vinous. The 2018 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is shaping up to be fabulous. I am not sure I have ever tasted a Tensley Syrah with this much energy and focus. Lavender, mint and spice meld into a core of blue/purplish fruit. Medium in body, nuanced and vibrant, the 2018 has so much to offer. I can't wait to taste it from bottle. The 2018 has all the makings of a real overachiever. (ag) (9/2019) 92 points Wine Spectator. Refined and expressive, with vibrant raspberry and blueberry flavors, laced with notes of garrigue, beef and cracked pepper, taking on structure toward fine-grained tannins. (tf) (9/2020) 91 points Jeb Dunnuck. Recently bottled, the 2018 Syrah Santa Barbara County comes from designated fruit sources as well as declassified single vineyard juice. It was 75% destemmed and brought up in neutral oak. It offers a terrific bouquet of blackberries, leafy herbs, game, and peppery herbs. Beautifully balanced, elegant, and with good acidity, it's a terrific value. (10/2019).