Petite Cuvée: The Beginning
In the early years of Tablas Creek, we produced just one red wine and one white wine, and called these Rouge and Blanc. Beginning in 1999, we separated our red production into two wines: the Reserve Cuvée (which the next year we would rename Esprit de Beaucastel) and the Petite Cuvée (which would become the Cotes de Tablas).
Like the Cotes de Tablas, the Petite Cuvée is a selection from our friendliest, most open lots, based on the warmth and sunny fruit of Grenache.
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Petite Cuvée 1999 is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the bright fruit and spice of Grenache, with additions of Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Mourvèdre, for dark red fruit, earth and structure.
The grapes for our Petite Cuvée were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
In blending the dense, ageable 1999 Reserve Cuvée, we set aside brighter, fruitier lots that we thought would be best appreciated younger. These lots became the Petite Cuvée, and our first Grenache-based wine. The 1999 harvest took place starting in September under ideal conditions and continued through October. Production levels were low and grapes were concentrated. The lots were fermented separately with native yeasts, then blended in the spring of 2000 and aged in 1200-gallon foudres until the wine's bottling in July of 2001.
The 1999 Petite Cuvée is a delightfully and exuberantly fruity, with flavors of blue fruits and spice held in check by ripe mid-palate tannins. Drink in the first 4-6 years.
Join us for Paso Robles' annual harvest celebration the weekend of October 16th-18th
All weekend: Visit our tasting room for a first look at our newest Esprit de Tablas wines from the 2013 vintage.
Friday night: Enjoy a four-course, four-wine dinner at McPhee's Grill in Templeton. $105/per person; reservations are essential. Details »
Saturday: Our winemakers will be leading interactive harvest cellar tours 10:30, 12:00, 2:00, 3:30 (20 guest limit). Free to all; no reservations needed. Details »
We are pleased to have been included in recent articles in The New York Times (on creative responses to California's drought) and the Washington Post (on our 11 new AVA's) and to see the attention for Paso Robles. More recent press »
We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members. More shipping news »
October 6, 2015
I snuck out yesterday morning to get some photos of the ever-diminishing portions of the vineyard that still have grapes on them. One block that I particularly wanted to see was Syrah, given that it was scheduled to be picked in the afternoon. It was looking suitably autumnal: Read More »