Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2008
Rhone White Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
The 2008 Côtes de Tablas Blanc is a blend in the style of French Cotes du Rhone whites, and features intense aromas of stone fruits and minerals, flavors of apricot and Provençal herbs, rich texture, moderate acidity and a long peachy finish.
Pair with Mussels Marinière, green salads with avocado and citrus dressing, scallops, ceviche, light fish (halibut, sole) with tropical salsa.
42% Viognier; 26% Roussanne; 21% Marsanne; 11% Grenache Blanc
The Wine Advocate - "Take, for example, the 2008 Cotes de Tablas blanc, a sensational blend of 42% Viognier, 26% Roussanne, 21% Marsanne, and the rest Grenache blanc. This seems to be a winner every year. From the hilly limestone soils of their vineyard, this blend seems to take on far more minerality and delineation than in many places in California. The good news is that there are 3,000 cases of this wine, which displays nice hints of quince, crushed rock, citrus, honeysuckle, white currant, and white peach. Beautiful fruit, good delineation, medium body, and lots of freshness make for a zesty, personality-filled dry white to drink over the next several years. A few wineries make 100% Grenache blanc, but Tablas Creek may produce the best. "
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
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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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