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IMG_1374Tablas Creek Vineyard was founded by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, the longtime importer and founder of Vineyard Brands. Tablas Creek is dedicated to the production of wines made from Rhône grape varietals. All of their wines are made with grapes from their 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

Tablas Creek called the 2007 vintage the best to date — and so I was excited about the Côtes de Tablas Rouge given that I am generally a big fan of their wines. The 2007 Côtes de Tablas is 50% Grenache with equal parts Syrah and Counoise.  All of the varietals were fermented in stainless steel with the use of native yeasts: the Syrah in open-top fermenters, punched down manually, and the other varietals in closed fermenters with pump-over aeration. After pressing, the wines were racked, blended, aged for a year in 1200-gallon French oak foudres, and then bottled in February 2009. The wines underwent a light filtration before bottling.

On the nose, raspberry and cherry with some strawberry rhubarb and peppered bacon. On the palate, cherry with raspberry and some red licorice, a little leather with herbaceousness, pepper and mineral undertones — good backbone with ripe tannins and soft edges. The Grenache really shines and while this is juicy, it is not overdone, is very well balanced and actually a bit restrained. This is the best Côtes de Tablas from last three vintages and a great bargain at under $18 a bottle. 14.8% alcohol. Strongly recommended.

Other wines from Tablas Creek:
Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Rouge 2006
Tablas Creek Grenache Blanc 2006
Côtes de Tablas Creek Vermentino 2008
Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc 2006

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IMG_1212Tablas Creek Vineyard was founded by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, the longtime importer and founder of Vineyard Brands. Tablas Creek is dedicated to the production of wines made from Rhône grape varietals. All of their wines are made with grapes from their 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. Each varietal is hand-harvested and fermented separately using native yeasts.

The 2006 Tablas Creek Vineyard Grenache Blanc is Tablas Creek’s third national release of its 100% Grenache Blanc. Grenache Blanc, is a little-known but widely-planted Southern Rhône varietal. Very light yellow in color. A touch reticent on the nose but provocative on the palate. Apple, peach, nectarine and some spice on the nose. Green apple, pear, almond, and citrus on the palate with a generous serving of white pepper, bay leaf and anise (something also left me a bit perplexed on the palate). Medium body, creamy with bright and zesty acidity. Complex with a focused and lasting finish. 15.3% alcohol ( well integrated). 550 cases produced.

I thought this was rather unique and provocative. While it might have a little too much personality for some, I was quite impressed with it. Recommended.

Related posts:
Côtes de Tablas Creek Vermentino 2008
Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc 2006
Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Rouge 2006

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img_0744Tablas Creek Vineyard was founded by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, the longtime importer and founder of Vineyard Brands.

Tablas Creek is dedicated to the production of wines made from Rhône grape varietals. All of their wines are made with grapes from their 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. Each varietal is hand-harvested and fermented separately using native yeasts.

The Côtes de Tablas Rouge 2006 is 72% Grenache, 11% Syrah, 9% Mourvèdre, 8% Counoise. The wine showcases the fruit from the Grenache, with some meatiness from the Syrah and earthiness from the Mourvèdre and Counoise.

Ruby red in color. A very Grenache inspired nose of black cherry, strawberry, kirsch, pepper, bacon fat and some floral notes.  On the palate, medium body with pure, fleshy fresh fruit. Loaded with raspberry, currant, pepper, graphite, with a touch of rare meat, licorice and earth. Silky tannins and good acidity — very approachable and enjoyable.

This wine evoked memories of Bonny Doon’s Clos de Gilroy at the height of its powers in the late 1980s — very Grenache-driven (fleshy raspberry, pepper and spice) and Nouveau-like fruit. This is a lot of wine for $18 a bottle. 14.8% alcohol. 3500 Cases produced. Strongly recommended.

I also really liked the Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc 2006, but would give a slight edge to the rouge — though both are very well made.

Related posts:

Tablas Creek Grenache Blanc 2006
Côtes de Tablas Creek Vermentino 2008
Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc 2006

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