Tablas Creek, Côtes de Tablas White 2014

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    USA

  • Region:

    California

  • ABV:

    13%

  • Grape:

    Viognier 44%, Marsanne 24%, Grenache Blanc 20% , Roussanne 12%

  • Grape Blend:

    Viognier

  • Organic:

    Neil Collins

  • Winemaker:

    Neil Collins

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas White 2014 - Wine

Tasting Notes

The Tablas Creek Vineyard  Côtes de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four estate-grown white Rhône varietals. The wine, like most wines of the Southern Rhône, is a blend of varietals, featuring the floral aromatics and stone fruit of Viognier, the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, and the structure and minerality of Marsanne and Roussanne. The Cotes de Tablas Blanc shows a rich, spicy nose of peach pit, Asian spices, vanilla bean, and baked earth. The mouth is very Viognier: peaches and melon and lots of richness, although the bright Grenache Blanc acids highlight an appealing citrus pith element on the finish and the lingering impression is of mineral and freshness. Drink now and for at least the next five years.

Production Notes

All varietals for the�C�tes de Tablas Blanc�were whole cluster pressed, and fermented in stainless steel to emphasize their clean crisp flavors and preserve their aromatics. Only native yeasts were used. After fermentation, the wines were racked and blended, and bottled in June 2018. The wine underwent only a light cold stabilization before bottling.

Critics Reviews

Vinous 91pts (2015) - Light bright yellow. Smoky aromas of\npoached pear, honey and pungent flowers, accompanied by a hint\nof succulent herbs in the background. Pliant and sappy in the mouth,\noffering subtly sweet orchard and pit fruit flavors and a refreshing\njolt of bitter citrus pith. Closes with very good energy, clarity and\npersistence, leaving a suave floral note behind

Producer Profile

Tablas Creek Vineyard is a joint project between the Perrin family of�Ch�teau de Beaucastel and their long time US importers the Haas family of vineyard brands. Having established himself�a leading role in the American wine industry, Robert Haas�travelled through the cellars of France, establishing a formidable reputation as a wine taster while forging lifelong relationships with premier wine producers. In the mid-1960s he set out on his own to import fine estate wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire, Alsace and the Rh�ne Valley, where he met the owners of Ch�teau de Beaucastel and convinced family patriarch Jacques Perrin to appoint him the exclusive American importer of their wines. Over the course of two decades travelling the United States together to promote their French wines, Haas and the Perrins became friends, and emerged convinced that the Rh�ne varieties so well suited to the sunny south of France would thrive in California's Mediterranean climate. In 1985, the families began looking for property. Ten years of saving and a further four years of serious investigation brought them to a purchase of a 120 acre site in the limestone-rich hills west of Paso Robles (in what is now the Adeilada AVA). The partners were determined to plant Mediterranean varieties, but as none were available in California at the time a huge project was undertaken to import vine cuttings from Beaucastel; this was no small feat when only six cutting per variety were allowed entry into the USA before each batch then required 3 years of quarantine. Out of this endeavour, a nursery business was born that, by happy coincidence, provided vines for many of the other Californian Rh�ne Rangers. All 13 permitted Ch�teauneuf-du-Pape varieties are now planted on the property, managed by a team �dedicated to blending� with a winemaking and vineyard management philosophy drawn, naturally, from Beaucastel with some regional quirks. Since its inception, the vineyards have been farmed organically and were certified as far back as 2003. Historically, the estate's top wine carried a strong reference to its vinous heritage, named 'Esprit de Beaucastel'. Since 2011, however, the partners have been confident that Tablas Creek should stand on its own reputation and the wine is now known as Esprit de Tablas. We heartily agree with this decision, sharing the belief that Tablas Creek Vineyards has an amazingly bright future.