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The 2020 Grenache is Tablas Creek’s twelfth varietal bottling of the signature grape of the southern Rhone Valley. The wine shows the bright fruit and exuberant spice of the Grenache Noir grape from 2020 vintage.
A lovely garnet color. On the nose, luscious red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, given depth by a spicy brambly character and an exotic Chinese five spice note. The mouth shows cassis and fresh cherry fruit, lively acids, and a finish of sweet red licorice, star anise, and Grenache's signature youthful tannins. A great wine to demonstrate that intense flavors are possible without dark color. Drink any time in the next six to ten years.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Grenache
- 14.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 1140 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- Grilled steaks
- Pastas with meat sauces
- Rich beef stews
- Spicy sausages
We use most of our Grenache in our Esprit de Tablas and Côtes de Tablas blends each year. However, we feel that this is a grape whose bright fruit, spice and acidity lends itself well to bottling as a single-varietal wine as well. Grenache seems to improve more dramatically with vine age than any other grape we grow, and although we didn't produce our first single-varietal Grenache bottling until 2006, we have made one most years since.
The 2020 vintage began benignly, with a cool spring that delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and continued below-average temperatures through July. Beginning in August, the weather turned hot, accelerating ripening and producing intense flavors. The state's terrible fires stayed well north of us, and the harvest finished early, under a compressed timeline but good conditions. The vintage shows concentrated flavors, noteworthy lushness, and lovely spice.
For our varietal bottling we as usual chose lots that emphasized Grenache's freshness and avoided riper lots that tend toward higher alcohols. The lots were blended in June 2021 and aged in neutral 1200-gallon oak foudres until bottling in Feb 2022.