The Tablas Creek Vineyard En Gobelet 2009 is a unique blend of three estate-grown varietals, selected from head-pruned, dry-farmed sections of our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. As in 2007, we felt that the lots from head-pruned blocks shared an elegance and a clarity that was noteworthy. So we created our second-ever example of this non-traditional (but delicious) blend combining the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvèdre, the dark, smoky, structure of Tannat and the forward fruit, approachability and lushness of Grenache
Read about the genesis of En Gobelet on the Tablas Creek Blog!
93 points: The Rhone Report (Dec. 2011)
93 points: Tanzer's IWC (Nov. 2011)
93 points: James Suckling (Oct. 2011)
92 points: Wine Advocate (Aug. 2011)
The 2009 En Gobelet shows a spicy nose of black olive, dark chocolate, menthol and blue fruits. The mouth is intensely powerfully structured with fig, briary fruit, pepper spice and a surprisingly creamy texture with fine, chalky tannins. The finish shows Tannat’s characteristic firmness but bright acids and lift from Grenache. Drink for the next decade or more.
- 56% Mourvèdre
- 23% Tannat
- 21% Grenache
- 14.5% alcohol by volume
- 600 cases produced
The 2009 vintage was our third consecutive drought year, with yields further reduced by April frosts. Berries and clusters were small, with excellent concentration. Ripening over the summer was gradual and our harvest largely complete except for about half our Mourvèdre at the time of a major rainstorm on October 13th. Crop sizes were 15% smaller than 2008 and 30% lower than usual. The low yields and gradual ripening resulted in wines with an appealing lushness, rich texture and wonderful chalky tannins. Grenache was harvested between September 26th and October 3rd, Tannat between October 14th and 18th, and Mourvèdre between September 30th and November 3rd.
The grapes were fermented using native yeasts in open and closed stainless steel fermenters. After pressing, the wines were moved into barrel, blended, and aged in one 1200-gallon French oak foudre. It was bottled in May 2011.