2017 En Gobelet
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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 En Gobelet is a unique blend of five estate-grown varietals, selected from head-trained, dry-farmed sections of our certified organic estate vineyard. We have felt for some time that the lots from head-pruned blocks share an elegance and a clarity that was noteworthy. Beginning in 2007, we created our non-traditional blend En Gobelet which combines the fruit, approachability and lushness of Grenache, the structure, earth, and mid-palate richness of Mourvèdre, the dark color and minerality of Syrah, the vibrant spiciness of Counoise, and the dark smokiness of Tannat.
94 Points; "Finishes impressively long and supple, with fine-grained tannins sneaking in to add gentle closing grip.": Vinous (Feb. 2020)
94 Points; "Delightfully compelling weight and structure. Lovely wine." purely domestic wine report (Jan. 2020)
92 Points; "medium-bodied with intense, floral-tinged fruits segueing to chocolate notes, framed by grainy tannins and with great freshness on the very long finish.": Wine Advocate (Oct. 2019)
91-93 Points; "deep, rich, medium to full-bodied": Jeb Dunnuck (Nov. 2018)
A deep and appealing nose of black raspberry, aged ribeye, black pepper, and soy. The mouth is dense with powerful fruit, with cracked peppercorn and licorice giving relief. A granite mineral note comes out on the finish, along with a touch of Tannat's signature tannins that promise decades ahead. Wait six months if you can, and then drink any time over the next two decades.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 38% Mourvedre
- 34% Grenache
- 11% Syrah
- 11% Tannat
- 6% Counoise
- 14.8% Alcohol by Volume
- 820 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- Dark Fowl (i.e., duck)
- Richly flavored stews
- Pasta puttanesca
- Asian preparation of red meats (i.e., beef stir fry)
The 2017 vintage saw our drought end with a bang, as we received 43 inches of rain and saw our rainiest month ever in January. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a normal time frame, and produced such a healthy vineyard that we saw canopy sizes and cane lengths we hadn’t seen in years. The summer began relatively cool, but was punctuated by two heat spikes, one in early July and the other in late August, that accelerated ripening and produced intense flavors. The resulting vintage shows the health of the vines with a combination of concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing powerful fruit.
The grapes for our En Gobelet were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
The grapes were largely harvested from the section of the vineyard we call "Scruffy Hill" and fermented individually in small fermenters using native yeasts. After pressing, the wines were moved into a mix of neutral oak barrels and puncheons before being selected and blended in June 2018. The finished wine was aged in one 1200-gallon French oak foudre and bottled in April 2019.