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The 2021 Grenache is Tablas Creek’s thirteenth varietal bottling of the signature grape of the southern Rhone Valley. The wine shows the bright fruit and exuberant spice of the Grenache Noir grape from 2021 vintage.
A lovely garnet color. An amazing vibrant nose of red licorice and grape, deepened with peppery spice. The mouth is exuberant, with sweet red fruit held in check with vibrant acids and some serious tannins. The finish shows sweet spice and more licorice. A great wine to demonstrate that intense flavors are possible without dark color. Drink any time in the next six to ten years.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Grenache
- 14.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 975 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- Grilled steaks
- Pastas with meat sauces
- Rich beef stews
- Spicy sausages
We use most of our Grenache in our Esprit de Tablas and Côtes de Tablas blends each year. However, we feel that this is a grape whose bright fruit, spice and acidity lends itself well to bottling as a single-varietal wine as well. Grenache seems to improve more dramatically with vine age than any other grape we grow, and although we didn't produce our first single-varietal Grenache bottling until 2006, we have made one most years since.
The grapes for our 2021 Grenache were grown on our Regenerative Organic Certified™ and biodynamic estate vineyard.
The 2021 vintage came after a chilly, relatively dry winter, the exception being a single storm that dropped more than a foot of rain on us in late January. The cold, dry winter produced a fruit set with smaller clusters and smaller berries, and yields were down about 25% compared to our average. The growing season was ideal, with each hot stretch followed by a cool period that allowed the vines to recover, and that combined with the low yields to produce some of our most intense fruit ever and our highest average acids since the chilly 2011 vintage. We believe that 2021 has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster year.
For our varietal bottling we as usual chose lots that emphasized Grenache's freshness and avoided riper lots that tend toward higher alcohols. The lots were blended in June 2022 and aged in neutral 1200-gallon oak foudres until bottling in Feb 2023.