Tablas Creek

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About Tablas Creek vineyard

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Tablas Creek Vineyard is the result of a decades-long friendship between the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, longtime importer and founder of Vineyard Brands. The families created a partnership in 1985 and in 1989 purchased a 120-acre property in the hilly Las Tablas district of west Paso Robles for its similarities to Chateauneuf du Pape: limestone soils, a favorable climate, and rugged terrain.


The partners imported the traditional varietals grown on the Perrins celebrated estate, including Mourvedre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Counoise for reds, and Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc for whites. These imported vines passed a rigorous 3-year USDA testing program, were propagated and grafted in our on-site nursery, and used to plant our organic estate vineyard.


Vineyard and winemaking


Tablas Creek's wine production is centered around our limestone-rich 120-acre organic estate vineyard. The warm days and cool nights allow the vines to gracefully ripen the Rhone varietals we grow. the vineyard practices emphasize dry farming and seek to maximize the expression of the terroir. Tablas Creek farm's organically, and received our organic certification in January 2003. More recently, they have converted part of the vineyard to use Biodynamic techniques. At harvest, each vineyard block is hand-harvested selectively, and they typically make 2-4 passes through each vineyard block at harvest.


Tablas Creek follow's the centuries-old Chateauneuf du Pape tradition of blending chosen varietals, which produces wines that we feel are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single varietal wines. Each varietal is hand-harvested when completely ripe and fermented separately. Tablas Creek winemaking, including native yeast fermentation and neutral French oak barrels, preserves the wines ties to their soil, climate, and varietal character.



Wines

Côtes de Tablas Blanc

Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc


Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four estate-grown white Rhône varietals: Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Marsanne. The wine, like most wines of the Southern Rhône, is a blend of varietals, featuring the floral aromatics and stone fruit of Viognier, the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, and the structure and minerality of Marsanne and Roussanne.

The grapes for the Côtes de Tablas Blanc were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

Grapes:

54% Viognier
30% Grenache Blanc
8% Marsanne
8% Roussanne

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting notes:

The Côtes de Tablas Blanc features a serious nose, minty with stone fruits and honeydew lurking underneath. The mouth is broad and rich, peaches and cream, but dry, with a very long finish with a hint of tannin reminiscent of red apple skins, cream, and rocks, nicely saline at the end.



Côtes de Tablas

Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas


Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown Rhône varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre. Like most wines of the Southern Rhône, it is a blend of varietals, featuring the fruit and spice of Grenache balanced by the spice and mineral of Syrah, the appealing briary wildness of Counoise, and the structure of Mourvedre.

The grapes for the Côtes de Tablas were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

Grapes:

43% Grenache
24% Syrah
18% Counoise
15% Mourvedre

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting notes:

The Côtes de Tablas shows a rich, minty nose with dark chocolate, cherry, leather, licorice and crushed rock. The mouth explodes with dark cherry, with nice chalky Grenache tannins giving firmness. The very long finish lingers with flavors of licorice, spice and cherry liqueur. Our most concentrated Côtes de Tablas ever; it should drink well young but also cellar happily for a decade.



Esprit de Beaucastel

Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel


Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel 2009 is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvèdre, with additions of Grenache for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Counoise for brambly spice and acidity.

The grapes for the Esprit de Beaucastel were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

Grapes:

40% Mourvèdre
28% Syrah
5% Counoise
27% Grenache

Alcohol: 14.5%

Tasting notes:

The Esprit de Beaucastel shows a deep, spicy nose with dark fruit, crushed rock, cocoa and licorice. The palate shows blackberry, black raspberry, and currant fruit highlighted by a persistent minerality, lush texture and substantial but fine-grained tannins. The power of the tannins and the concentration of the wine suggest that it will benefit from short- to mid-term cellaring, and drink well for two decades or more.



Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc

Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc


Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. Roussanne provides the core richness, minerality, and flavors of honey and spice, while Grenache Blanc adds green apple and anise flavors, a lush mouthfeel and bright acids. Picpoul Blanc completes the blend, adding a saline minerality and tropical notes. The grapes for the Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

Grapes:

60% Roussanne
35% Grenache Blanc
5% Picpoul Blanc

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting notes:

The Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc shows a powerful high-toned nose with aromas of passion fruit, mango, ginger, asian pear and herbs. The mouth shows classic Roussanne flavors of honey and white tea, a touch of tropicality coming out with air. The long, clean finish shows an appealing saline minerality and the structure to age. The wine will benefit from short-term cellaring, and drink well starting in 2012 for a decade or more.



Patelin de Tablas Blanc

Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc


Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The wine incorporates fruit from five top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure.

The sources for the Patelin de Tablas Blanc grapes are:

• Viognier from the biodynamically-farmed Chequera Vineyard.
• Tablas-clone Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc from Edward Sellers Vineyard.
• Tablas-clone Grenache Blanc from the Dawson's Creek Vineyard.
• Tablas-clone Grenache Blanc from Catherine's Vineyard.
• Grenache Blanc from the Tablas Creek estate vineyard.

Grapes:

60% Roussanne
35% Grenache Blanc
5% Picpoul Blanc

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting notes:

The Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend in the style of French Cotes du Rhone whites, with flavors of lemon and mineral, a hint of tropicality from the Viognier, and a long finish with surprising richness.



Patelin de Tablas

Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas


Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas is a blend of four red Rhône varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from seven top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many red wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the dark fruit, mineral and spice of Syrah, with the brightness and fresh acidity of Grenache, the structure and meatiness of Mourvèdre and a small addition of Counoise for complexity. Grapes for the Patelin de Tablas are sourced from two limestone-rich regions in Paso Robles: the warm Adelaida Hills and the cool Templeton Gap

• Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise from the Tablas Creek certified organic estate vineyard
• Syrah from the biodynamically-farmed Chequera Vineyard.
• Tablas-clone Mourvèdre from the Glenrose Vineyard.
• Syrah and Grenache from the La Vista Vineyard.
• Syrah from Vina del Sol.
• Grenache and Tablas-clone Mourvèdre from Briarwood Vineyard.

Grapes:

39% Syrah
36% Grenache
22% Mourvèdre
3% Counoise

Alcohol: 14.1%

Tasting notes:

The 2010 Patelin de Tablas marries the spice, mineral and structure of Syrah with the generous fruit of Grenache, the backbone of Mourvedre and the brightness of Counoise. Drink it now or over the next decade.



Rosé

Tablas Creek Vineyard Rosé


Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Rosé is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The blend is traditional of the southern Rhône, though the blend of grapes is predominantly Mourvèdre, and therefore more like the solid, dry rosés of Bandol than the lighter Grenache-based Tavel.

The grapes for our Rosé were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

Grapes:

60% Roussanne
35% Grenache Blanc
5% Picpoul Blanc

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting notes:

The Rosé is cranberry in color, with an explosive nose of red chile jam, watermelon, plum, mineral and spice. The mouth is bright with flavors of watermelon and tart cherry. The sweetness of the fruit is chased quickly by bright acids and a long, deep finish with echoes of lime and tangerine. Pair it with Mediterranean cuisine, Spanish tapas, preparations with garlic and olive oil... or just enjoy it outside on a sunny day.