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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2001
Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2001
(search item no. 62079)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wow - an amazing Rhone style wine, impressive stuff from this up and coming California winery! The Tablas Creek Vineyard Cotes de Tablas is a blend of two estate-grown Rhone varietals: Grenache and Syrah. The blend, like most wines of the Southern Rhône, focuses on the Grenache varietal. Syrah adds spice and mid-palate density.

The 2000 Côtes de Tablas is Tablas Creek's first national release of its Grenache-based red blend, made in the style of a full-throttle Côtes du Rhone. The 2000 vintage was particularly favorable to the Grenache grape: warm sunny days through the ripening season gave the Grenache good sugars and excellent balance, while the low yields (2.5 - 3 tons per acre) produced intense flavors and chewy tannins. The Syrah was harvested on September 18th and 19th, while the Grenache was harvested between September 20th and September 29th.

Both varietals were fermented in stainless steel with the use of native yeasts: the Syrah in open-top fermenters, punched-down manually, and the Grenache in closed fermenters with pump-over aeration. After pressing, the wines were racked and blended, and aged for a year in 1200-gallon French oak foudres. The wines are unfined and unfiltered.

The 2000 Côtes de Tablas is a rich, juicy wine, with spicy aromatics of black pepper, licorice, roasted meat, and cassis. The flavors are intensely fruity, with blackberry and kirsch backed up by ripe tannins and impressive concentration.

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About Tablas Creek Vineyard:

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.