Range: 89-91 Points"
Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2012
Rhone White Blends from Central Coast, California
The 2012 Cotes de Tablas Blanc features an immensely appealing nose of peaches and cream, lightened by a pretty minty note. The mouth is medium weight with stone fruit, white flowers, a creamy texture and a pleasing saline mineral note at the end that helps keep the long finish clean and fresh.
Blend: 34% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 6% Roussanne
The Wine Advocate - "Made from 34% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and the balance Roussanne, the 2012 Cotes de Tablas (barrel sample) looks outstanding and, as normal, should represent a superb value. Stone fruits, green herbs, crushed flowers, fresh cream and mineral all emerge from the glass and this medium to full-bodied white has a layered, rich texture that cleans up nicely on the finish. It will drink well for 2-3 years after release. Drink 2014-2016.
International Wine Cellar - "Light yellow. Fresh pear, melon and iodine on the perfumed floral- and mineral-accented nose. Round, fleshy and smooth in texture, with spicy pear and citrus fruit flavors enlivened by tangy minerality. At once rich and lively, with very good finishing clarity and spicy persistence."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Another super-inviting wine, the 2012 Cotes de Tablas Blanc is all about texture at this point. Apricot, peach, melon and spice notes flesh out in an inviting, layered white full of personality and character. There is plenty of promise here. The 2012 is approximately 34% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 29% Grenache Blanc and 6% Roussanne. I tasted the 2012 from barrel.
Wine Spectator - "Shows terrific purity to the lemon, grapefruit and ripe peach flavors, smooth, crisp and intense, finishing with notes of floral, jasmine and white pepper. Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Drink now."
Tasting Panel - "Smooth and rounded with aromatics, spice and rich minerality; mellow, lush and balanced; long, juicy and complex; snappy and fresh. 34% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 6% Roussanne."
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Tablas Creek Vineyard Winery
The Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, their importer since 1970, founded Tablas Creek Vineyard in 1990. They chose their 1600-foot elevation site in West Paso Robles' Las Tablas because of its chalky clay soils and its climate similar to the southern Rhone Valley. They imported selected French cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise and multiplied, grafted and planted their own vines, which they farm organically. This blended wine, in the image of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is 100% estate-grown and bottled. View all Tablas Creek Vineyard Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.