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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2020 Le Complice, our fifth vintage of our first new blend in a decade, celebrates the kinship between Syrah and our newest red grape, Terret Noir. In French, Le Complice means, roughly, "partners in crime". Although Syrah is dark and Terret light, both share wild herby black spice, and Terret's high acids bolster Syrah's tendency toward stolidity. We added some Grenache for mid-palate fleshiness.
A classic savory Syrah nose of rare steak, black olive, green peppercorn, and chalky minerals. The mouth is more of the same, with notes of carne asada, dried herbs, blackberry fruit, and a little minty lift. The finish shows more crushed rock minerality with a grilled berry note and plenty of tannic richness. Still youthfully tight; give this six months if you can, then drink over the next two decades.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 880 Cases Produced
- 77% Syrah
- 15% Grenache
- 8% Terret Noir
The grapes for our Le Complice were grown on our Organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
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.
The wine was blended in June of 2021, aged in foudre and concrete, bottled in December 2022, and aged in our cellars until release.