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2020 Syrah Bottle

2020 Syrah

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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.

Tasting Notes

An inviting nose of black licorice and black raspberry, dark chocolate and dried herbs. On the palate, blackcurrant fruit, mocha notes and mouth-filling tannins, absolutely characteristic of what we love about Syrah, with enough plum skin brightness to keep the wine fresh. The finish shows notes of grilled blackberry and an iron-like mineral note with plenty of tannin to keep this going for two decades or more.

Technical Details


  • Adelaida District Paso Robles

Technical Notes

  • 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
  • 470 Cases Produced


  • 100% Syrah

Recipes & Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled steaks
  • Lamb
  • Cassoulet
  • Spicy sausages

Production Notes

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.