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The 2020 Tablas Creek Vineyard Syrah is Tablas Creek’s thirteenth varietal bottling of the northern Rhone's noble red grape. Although most of our Syrah is used in our blends, in vintages where the Syrah grape's varietal character is clearly expressed, we reserve a small amount for a varietal bottling.
Beautiful brambly blackberry and new leather on the nose, with crushed rock and juniper spice giving it lift. On the palate, black plum and black cherry fruit, a little herby spice, and just a hint of sweet oak. Concentrated, luscious, and pure, with a long, lushly tannic finish and lingering chalky minerality. Drink any time over the next two decades.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Syrah
- 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 470 Cases Produced
We use most of our Syrah as a part of our Esprit de Tablas and Côtes de Tablas blends each year. However, we believe that Paso Robles is one of the world's great environments for Syrah, and in favorable vintages we try to reserve some particularly classic barrels of Syrah for a single-varietal bottling.
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 grapes for our 2020 Syrah grapes were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
For our varietal bottling we selected a mix of lots from newer and older oak, then blended them in June 2021 and aged the wine together in one 1200-gallon oak foudre and some smaller barrels until bottling in June 2022.