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The 2020 Tablas Creek Vineyard Marsanne is Tablas Creek’s eighth varietal bottling of Marsanne, best known from the northern Rhone's Hermitage appellation, where it is renowned for making some of the world's most age-worthy white wines. We picked our Marsanne in mid-September with precise, expressive flavors, and selected the varietal bottling from a single lot with unusually good acids.
93 points; "Deftly melds opulence and vivacity": Vinous (July 2022)
94 points; "Fresh and beautifully textured, this has outstanding weight, length and finesse": Owen Bargreen (Apr. 2022)
92 points; "gains energy from its juxtaposition of broad, honeyed flavors and bright, citrusy uplift": Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Mar. 2022)
A quintessential Marsanne nose of honeydew melon, honeysuckle, and straw drying in the sun. The mouth is pretty, showing notes of fresh honey, Golden Delicious apple, citrus blossom, and a gentle, chalky minerality. The long, gentle finish shows white flowers and melon, rainwater, and dried grass. Moderate acids, but enough to keep things together. Like our 2019, it's so appealing now that I'm guessing a lot of it will get drunk young, but it should evolve in an interesting way for a decade at least.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 12.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 193 Cases Produced
- 100% Marsanne
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 Marsanne was whole-cluster pressed, and fermented in a mix of stainless steel (to emphasize its clean crisp flavors and minerality) and foudre (to build body and richness). Only native yeasts were used. We fermented it in the new 600-gallon foudres for a balance of richness and a little sweet oak, then chose the lots for our varietal bottling, returned it to large wood for a few more months, and bottled it in June 2021.