Tablas Creek is dedicated to producing wines from the grapes traditional to France's Rhone Valley. As in the southern Rhone, most of our wines are blended for balance and complexity. Our winemaking, including native yeast fermentation and aging in 1200-gallon French oak foudres, preserves the wines’ expression of their soil, climate, and varietal character. All wines except the Patelin de Tablas wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.
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 Mourvèdre.
The grapes for our Côtes de Tablas were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2012 vintage was a classic Paso Robles vintage, warm and sunny, but with above-average yields thanks to average winter rainfall and the frost-reduced 2011 crop. Despite the warm summer, ripening was slowed due to the healthy crop levels, and harvest at a normal time starting in early September and finishing in late October. Syrah harvest began September 10th, followed by Grenache on September 21st, Mourvèdre on September 26th and Counoise on October 5th. The last pick of all four grapes came October 30th.
All varietals were fermented in a mix of stainless steel and wooden upright fermenters with the use of native yeasts. After pressing, the wines were racked, blended, aged for a year in 1200-gallon French oak foudres, and then bottled in February 2014. The wines underwent only a light filtration before bottling.
The 2012 Côtes de Tablas shows a deep, powerful nose of soy, licorice and black cherry, with an appealing sweet spice note emerging with air. The mouth is rich with plum, cherry, leather, balsamic and crushed rock balanced by fresh acidity and characteristic chalky Grenache tannins on the lingering, spicy finish. Hold for six months, then drink for the next decade or more.
- 92 points "impeccably balanced and classy to the core" -- Antonio Galloni, July 2013
- 91-92 points "densely packed but energetic" -- Tanzer's I.W.C., Dec. 2013
- 91-93 points "supple, pure and polished" -- Wine Advocate, Aug. 2013