Alex Guarachi originally came to the US on a soccer scholarship. When an injury ended those dreams, he turned to plan B: the wines of his native Chile. After many years of a successful import business, he teamed up with longtime Paul Hobbs wine maker Alex Gonzalez to create Tenshen, dedicated to Rhone grape varieties filtered through California sunshine.
The name Tenshen is a play on words with a nod to the tension of winemaking: picking at the ultimate moment when the grapes are ripe but not TOO ripe. Their wines are informed by Santa Barbara sunshine, but they aren't dominated by it.
Tenshen White is a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and a touch of Chardonnay. It leads off with flavors of tangerine, honeydew melon, and peach. Notes of honeysuckle and toasted hazelnut follow. 5 months in neutral oak adds creamy complexity, but there's plenty of bright acidity on the finish to keep it interesting. It's everything you want on a crisp on autumn evening. And at this price, you might consider stocking up.
Online special available for in-store pickup at your convenience after 12 PM today. Available until Sunday, September 29, or until product runs out.