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(Paso Robles) - Château de Beaucastel is renowned for using all thirteen permitted Châteauneuf du Pape varietals in their blends, and their wines are rated among the world's finest. Thanks to a recent agreement with the University of California at Davis, Tablas Creek Vineyard, the project co-founded by the Perrins of Château de Beaucastel and long-time importer Robert Haas, will have all thirteen grapes to work with as well.
There are thirteen varietals permitted in the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation in France's Rhone Valley (fourteen, if you count Grenache Noir and Grenache Blanc separately). Tablas Creek Vineyard brought in high quality clones of six of these varietals when they began their project in 1989. These were Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc (they also brought in Viognier and Marsanne, which are traditional Côtes du Rhone varietals though not permitted in Châteauneuf du Pape). In 1998, Tablas Creek imported Piquepoul Blanc.
With this week’s agreement, the remaining varietals (Cinsaut, Clairette, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Bourboulenc, and Picardan) will, on the condition they pass a 2-year indexing process conducted at U.C. Davis, be planted at Tablas Creek Vineyard, and available for growers around the United States through Tablas Creek’s association with NovaVine of Sonoma, California.
U.C. Davis is planning to include the new varietals with the seven varietals previously imported as a “Beaucastel Collection” of Châteauneuf du Pape clones. According to Deborah Golino, Director of Foundation Plant Services at U.C. Davis, the varietals arrived in Beltsville, Maryland this week, and are expected at U.C. Davis soon. Golino is “thrilled that Tablas Creek Vineyard is putting these varietals in a public collection.”
At Tablas Creek, four acres have been set aside as increase blocks for the varietals when they are released from quarantine. “These are some of the oldest Languedoc and Southern Rhone varieties,” says Tablas Creek founder Robert Haas. “They’re traditional,” he continues, “we don’t know what they’ll be like here in California. But, we’d like to try them out, as well as to make available these varieties to California viticulture.”
You're invited to join us for a weekend-long Wine Festival celebration Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd. Friday, we're pouring at the RESERVE event from 4:00-6:30 then hosting a winemaker dinner at Bistro Laurent with wines from Beaucastel and Tablas Creek at 7:00. On Saturday at the Paso Robles downtown park we'll be joining the Paso Robles wine community for the Grand Tasting from 12:00 to 4:00. Sunday at the vineyard we'll have "brunch style" bites starting at 10am and live music with Shawn Clark Family Band from 12:00-3pm.
We were proud to learn that Tablas Creek Partner/GM Jason Haas was voted by his peers the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. His father, our founder Robert Haas, wrote this appreciation on our blog.
In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 220) 15 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit de Tablas (93-96), 2013 Panoplie (94-96), and 2014 Panoplie (95-97). Read the review » More press »
April 27, 2016
Think of each plant that's growing in a given plot of land as like a wick, with its roots delving into the soil for available moisture. If we had overabundant water, we might want to leave some surface weeds to keep levels more reasonable. Instead, in our California climate, eliminating competition from grasses and other surface plants is an essential part of our ability to dry farm. Tilling in the cover crop also allows the insects and microorganisms in the soil to start breaking down the surface biomass accumulated during the winter growth into nutrients that the vines will draw from in the coming months. Finally, the loosening of the soil creates an insulating layer at the surface that helps conserve the water deeper down. Read More »