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2022 Vaccarese Bottle

2022 Vaccarese

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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2022 Vaccarese is our third varietal bottling of this rare Chateauneuf-du-Pape grape, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate.

Vaccarese is a little-known blending grape from the south of France; at less than 30 acres planted in France in 2016 it is one of Chateauneuf du Pape's rarest, and the two-thirds of an acre that we planted here in Paso Robles is California's first. But it's already shown tremendous potential, earning a spot in our Esprit de Tablas the last three vintages.

Reviews coming soon

Tasting Notes

Notes on the nose of licorice, grape candy, soy marinade, and tobacco leaf. The mouth is vibrant with flavors of blackberry and sweet butter, good acids, plenty of tannin, and a finish full of brambly spice.

Technical Details


  • Adelaida District Paso Robles

Technical Notes

  • 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
  • 147 Cases Produced


  • 100% Vaccarese


  • roc-gold
  • ccof-organic

Recipes & Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Dried sausages
  • Salty cheeses
  • Santa Maria tri tip
  • Coq au vin

Production Notes

Vaccarese is large berried and yet quite dark, and produces wines with dark color, aromas of pine forest and juniper, flavors of tobacco, graphite, and spice, medium body, and some tannic grip. While we expect to ultimately use it in our red blends, with these early vintages, we are exploring what a seminal French ampelography calls its "indisputable aromatic floral originality" and "very fresh and very elegant flavor".

The 2022 vintage was our third year of drought, but because the rain that we received came early, the vines showed good health though with cluster counts down by about 15%. A cool first half of the summer was followed by our hottest-ever August and September, producing an early start and an even earlier finish to harvest. The vintage's extremely low yields produced concentrated flavors despite pale colors, noteworthy texture, and intense fruit.

The grapes for our 2022 Vaccarese were grown on our Regenerative Organic Certified™ and biodynamic estate vineyard.

The fruit was destemmed and fermented on the skins for two weeks in a 1-ton microfermenter, punched down twice daily. Only native yeasts we used. After two weeks, the berries were pressed, and this was combined with the free-run juice into neutral oak barrels. It aged there on its lees until we bottled it in April of 2024.