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The 2018 Tablas Creek Vineyard Roussanne is Tablas Creek’s eighteenth varietal bottling of our most important white grape. Roussanne yields were low in 2018, but the Roussanne we got was powerfully characteristic of the Roussanne grape, and we highlighted its balance of richness and freshness by selecting lots from large foudres, small barriques, and mid-size demi-muids.
92 points; "lavish full bodied white that makes you want something decadent": Grapelive (Sep. 2020)
92 points; "beeswax, lemon-peel, orange-rind and cashew flavors align": Wine Enthusiast (Aug. 2020)
92 points; "lush, creamy and chewy with spice, honey and minerals, subtle and rich, long and layered": Blue Lifestyle (Jul. 2020)
A-; "rich and grippy while still being refreshing": VinePair (May 2020)
94 points; "Marvelously textured, with an almost unctuous mouthfeel": Washington Wine Blog (May 2020)
Outstanding Plus/Extraordinary Potential; "Very flavorful, lush, and beautifully balanced": Underground WineLetter (May 2020)
92-93 points; "bright, focused and extremely long": Vinous (Feb. 2020)
A powerful nose of lacquered wood, new honey, dried orange peel, cardamom, and aromatic bitters. The palate is classic, with flavors of caramel and ripe pear, a little sweet oak, and a little bit of tannic bite that cleans the wine up on the long finish. The wine has only been in bottle for a few months, but it's already drinking well. Drink in the next 3 or 4 years for a more luscious, fruit-driven experience, or hold it for 8-15 years for a flavor profile of caramel, wet rocks, and hazelnut.
View tasting notes on the Tablas Creek Youtube page: Roussanne Tasting - 2018 Roussanne with Chelsea and the Shepherd
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Roussanne
- 12.4% Alcohol by Volume
- 630 Cases Produced
We use most of our Roussanne in our Esprit de Tablas Blanc each year. However, we often have some Roussanne lots in the cellar that are so powerfully characteristic of the varietal that we feel it would be a shame to lose them in a blend. In these cases, we reserve a small quantity of this Roussanne for a single-varietal bottling.
Our Roussanne grapes were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
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.
Roussanne yields were low in 2018, and the 630 cases we made as a varietal wine is our smallest production in a decade. But the Roussanne we got was powerfully characteristic of the grape, and we chose lots for our varietal bottling that came roughly 55% from foudre, 35% from neutral oak puncheons, and 10% in small new barriques. The selected lots were blended in April 2019 then aged in foudre through the subsequent harvest before bottling this past December.