Tablas Creek is a partnership between the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands. The vineyard is located on a 120-acre parcel twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean in west Paso Robles.
Tablas Creek 2006 Cotes de Tablas Blanc
Tablas Creek Cotes de Tables Blanc is a blend of 59% Viognier, 32% Marsanne, 6% Grenache Blanc and 3% Roussanne. Each of the varietals was whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel (only native yeasts were used). All of the grapes for this wine were grown on Tablas Creek’s 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. Screw cap closure. 13.5% alcohol.
This wine was light gold in color. On the nose I found aromas of quince, grape fruit and stone along with hints of pear. (Editorial Note – I’d be curious if any one out there has ever had quince. This is a weird fruit – mouth watering smell, but tastes terrible.) Like many white Rhone’s, the Cotes de Tables Blanc, had a great mineral component in the mouth along with solid acidity. Strong pear on the finish.
Minimum Intervention in Winemaking
Tablas Creek follows the centuries-old Châteauneuf du Pape tradition of blending chosen varietals, which produces wines that are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single varietal wines. Each varietal is hand-harvested when completely ripe and fermented separately. Winemaking, including native yeast fermentation and neutral French oak barrels, preserves the wines’ ties to their soil, climate, and varietal character.
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four estate-grown white Rhône varietals: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc. The wine, like most wines of the Southern Rhône, is a blend of varietals, featuring the aromatics and fruit of the Viognier, the flavors and clean minerality of the Marsanne and Roussanne, and the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of the Grenache Blanc. Like our Côtes de Tablas red, this wine is designed to be ready to drink young: at its peak from the moment of its release.
Be sure to check out Jason Haas’ Tablas Creek Winery Blog (one of the best winery blogs out there): http://tablascreek.typepad.com/