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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown Rhône varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre. Like most wines of the Southern Rhône, it showcases Grenache, featuring that grape's characteristic generous fruit and refreshing acidity, balanced by the spice and mineral of Syrah, the appealing briary wildness of Counoise and the structure of Mourvèdre.
A bright Grenache-driven nose of sugarplum and red licorice, with peppery spice and brambly wildness lurking underneath. On the palate, juicy red cherry and redcurrant fruit, with a little sweet cocoa powder note offering counterpoint to chalky tannins. The long, gently tannic finish of cherry skin and licorice suggests that while this Cotes de Tablas is delicious now, it will also age for a decade or more.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 44% Grenache
- 30% Syrah
- 17% Counoise
- 9% Mourvedre
- 14.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 1000 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- Grilled steaks
- Pastas with meat sauces
- Rich beef stews
- Spicy sausages
The 2019 vintage began with ample rainfall the preceding winter. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and a cool first half of the summer delayed flowering and the ripening of our earlier varieties. Beginning the second week of July, the weather turned warm but never so warm to engage the vines' self-defense mechanism of shutting down, accelerating ripening of our later varieties and producing intense flavors. The resulting compressed harvest was completed under ideal conditions and the vintage shows both concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing ample fruit.
All varietals were fermented in a mix of stainless steel and wooden upright fermenters with the use of native yeasts. After pressing, the wines were racked, blended in June 2020, aged for a year in 1200-gallon French oak foudres, and then bottled in February 2021. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.