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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2013 Clairette Blanche is the first varietal bottling of this unique estate-grown varietal, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate.
The 2013 Clairette Blanche has ... Impressive now, it should also go out 15 years or more and gain additional nuttiness and complexity with time.
- Paso Robles
- 100% Clairette Blanche
- 11.8% Alcohol by Volume
- 20 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
The 2013 vintage was a classic California vintage, warm and sunny, with added intensity from the low yields produced by our second consecutive drought year. The summer was consistently warm, without the heat spikes or cold stretches that can delay ripening, and resulted in an early harvest under near-perfect conditions. The net result was a blockbuster vintage, with excellent concentration and good freshness, that should offer both early appeal and the capacity to age. We harvested our Clairette Blanche on September 5th.
The Clairette Blanche grapes were grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.
The fruit was whole cluster pressed, and fermented with native yeasts. The Clairette Blanche was fermented in neutral oak of various sizes: 60-gallon oak barrels, 170-gallon demi-muids, and 1200-gallon foudres... aged in foude until their bottling in June 2014.