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The 2021 Tablas Creek Vineyard Syrah is Tablas Creek’s fourteenth 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.
A dark, quintessentially Syrah nose of iodine, black licorice, blackberry and white pepper. The mouth is classic too, with flavors of blackcurrant and cedar, iron filings and dry-aged beef. The tannins are substantial but not hard, with black fruit and mineral notes reemerging on the long finish. A lovely young Syrah that should age effortlessly for two decades.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 425 Cases Produced
- 100% Syrah
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 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.
The grapes for our 2021 Syrah grapes were grown on our Regenerative Organic Certified™ and biodynamic estate vineyard.
For our varietal bottling we selected a mix of lots from newer and older oak, then blended them in June 2022 and aged the wine together in one 1200-gallon oak foudre and some smaller barrels until bottling in April 2023.