2018 En Gobelet
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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2018 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.
93 points; "fresh and approachable with an appealing blend of fruit, earth and spice": Wine Advocate (Feb. 2020)
94 points; "Polished tannins lend shape and grip to an impressively long, floral-accented finish": Vinous (Dec. 2020)
94 Points; "Memorable wine.": Purely Domestic Wine Report (Oct. 2020)
93-95 Points; "impressively long, sappy finish is given shape by silky, well-knit tannins": Vinous (Feb. 2020)
A explosively vibrant nose of boysenberry, blackcurrant, black pepper, and roasted meats. The mouth is juicy but firmly tannic, with flavors of cassis and black cherry, wood smoke, and cracked peppercorn. Syrah's signature creamy dark minerality comes out on the finish. Serious and built for the long term; wait six months if you can, and then drink any time over the next two decades.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 36% Grenache
- 28% Mourvedre
- 27% Syrah
- 6% Counoise
- 3% Tannat
- 14.1% Alcohol by Volume
- 860 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 2018 vintage saw an almost ideal balance of vine health and stress, as is often the case with the first dry year after a very wet one. Although rainfall was just 70% of normal, the rains came late, delaying the onset of bud-break and the beginning of the growing season. The cool weather continued most of the year, punctuated by a six-week heat wave in July and early August. But temperatures moderated before picking began, and harvest proceeded under slightly cooler than normal conditions, allowing us to pick without stress and producing fruit (and wines) with intense flavors and good balancing acidity.
The grapes for our En Gobelet were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
We chose a blend of 36% Grenache, 28% Mourvedre, 27% Syrah, 6% Counoise, and 3% Tannat. In this lifted, elegant vintage, we chose our highest-ever percentage of Syrah for this blend, giving the wine heft and Syrah's signature creamy, meaty density.
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 2019. The finished wine was aged in one 1200-gallon French oak foudre and bottled in May 2020.