Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2012
Rhone White Blends from Central Coast, California
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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
"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.
Range: 89-91 Points"
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"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."
"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."
Learn About Tablas Creek Map It
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.
Learn About Central Coast
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 Facts...
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Learn About Rhone White Blends
White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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