Friday, March 25, 2011
2009 Tablas Creek "Cotes Du Tablas", Paso Robles
Vineyard History: Robert Haas and the Perrin Family (Chateau de Beaucastel) founded 120-acre Tablas Creek Vineyard in the Las Tablas region of Paso Robles for the rough terrain and limestone soils that mirror the Chateauneuf du Pape region of the Rhone Valley from which the Perrin Family hails. They were later joined by Neil Collins who spent about a year learning the winemaking process at Chateau de Beaucastel before becoming the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Tablas Creek. The vines that were brought over from Beaucastel include Mourvedre, Grenache, Counoise, Marsanne, Roussanne, Picpoul, Viognier and Grenache Blanc.
Tablas Creek became certified in 2003 and all grapes used in the winemaking process are grown on the estate. The winemaking philosophy at Tablas Creek is minimum haman intervention, only native yeasts are used and the vines are trellised low to the ground to take advantage of the radiant heat left in the rocky soil. All vines are hand pruned and harvested.
All varietals for the Côtes de Tablas Blanc were whole cluster pressed, and fermented in stainless steel to emphasize the clean crisp flavors and preserve the aromatics. Only native yeasts were used. After fermentation, the wines were racked and blended, and bottled in June 2010. The wine underwent only a light cold stabilization before bottling.
The 2009 Côtes de Tablas Blanc has aromas of minerals, herbs and stone fruits, the flavors of Provencal herbs, citrus and apricot which produce a moderate acidity with a rich texture and peachy finish. Serve with light fish dishes and salads.
1570 cases produced.