Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2017
Powerfully Grenache on the nose: red cherry, wild strawberry, and star anise, with the Syrah providing a little tobacco-like herby savoriness that keeps the nose from coming off confected. The mouth is deep and
flavorful, with flavors of black cherry, pepper spice, and milk chocolate. Nice powdery Grenache tannins
come out on the finish, leaving an impression of pithy cherry skin and wild herbs. Drink now and over the next decade.
Pair with grilled steaks, pastas with meat sauces, rich beef stews, and spicy sausages.
Blend: 53% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Counoise
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The 2017 Côtes de Tablas is made up of 53% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre and 10% Counoise. It has a pale ruby color and aromas of Bing cherries, fresh cranberries and red licorice plus orange peel, dusty earth, garrigue, charcuterie and sage brush. It's light to medium-bodied with bright berry fruits, juicy acidity and a firm, chalky frame, finishing long. 2,135 cases produced.
Tablas Creek is a pioneer of California’s Rhone movement. Founded in 1989, it is the culmination of a friendship between two of the international wine community’s leading families dating back to 1967: the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. After a four-year search, the partners chose Paso Robles, California for its many similarities to the Southern Rhone and began the lengthy process of importing vine cuttings, building a grapevine nursery, and creating an estate vineyard from the ground up. Today, the vineyards at Tablas Creek are proudly Biodynamic® and organic certified by Demeter USA.
Covering the Santa Lucia Range in the northwestern portion of the greater Paso Robles appellation, the Adelaida District AVA reaches from 900 feet to over 2,000 feet in elevation. The appellation does well with Rhone and Bordeaux varieties as well as Zinfandel.