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2020 Tannat Bottle

2020 Tannat

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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2020 Tannat is Tablas Creek’s eighteenth bottling of this traditional varietal from South-West France, known principally in the Pyrenees foothills appellation of Madiran, but originally native to the Basque region. Tannat typically has intense fruit, spice, and tannins that produce wines capable of long aging.

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Tasting Notes

A nose of dark cherry and elderberry, new leather and rare steak, lifted by alpine forest spices. On the palate, pretty and luscious, with mouth-filling flavors of black cherry, teriyaki spice, and meat drippings. Tannat's characteristic tannins come out on the finish, promising years of evolution. Unusually fruity for young Tannat, but with plenty in reserve. Drink any time over the next two decades.

Technical Details


  • Adelaida District Paso Robles


  • 100% Tannat

Technical Notes

  • 14.0% Alcohol by Volume
  • 970 Cases Produced

Recipes & Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Game stews
  • Pepper steak
  • Szechuan beef
  • Duck breast

Production Notes

When we imported our Châteauneuf du Pape clones, the Perrins’ French nurseryman included Tannat cuttings because he believed the grape would thrive in the rocky limestone soils of Paso Robles. We have planted 3.5 acres of Tannat, and it has indeed thrived here.

Our Tannat grapes are 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 Tannat grapes were destemmed and fermented using native yeasts. We aged it in one foudre and a mix of new and older smaller barrels for nearly 2 years before bottling it in April 2022, and then aged it another 10 months in bottle before release.