2012 Viognier

Production Notes

The 2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard Viognier is the first single-varietal viognier since 2006.  The Viognier grape, known more from the northern Rhone than the area around Chateauneuf du Pape, sprouts first of all our grapes, making it the most prone to frost, but was spared in 2012 and thrived in the warm days and cool nights.

Our Viognier grapes were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

We use most of our Viognier in our Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, in 2012, we were so pleased by the Viognier that we harvested that we reserved a small quantity of Viognier for a single-varietal bottling

The 2012 vintage was a classic Paso Robles vintage, warm and sunny, but with above-average yields thanks to average winter rainfall and the frost-reduced 2011 crop. Despite the warm summer, ripening was slowed due to the healthy crop levels, and harvest at a normal time starting in early September and finishing in late October.

It was whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel, then blended and bottled August 22nd, 2013 in screwcap, to preserve its brightness.

Tasting Notes

For a Viognier, the 2012 has a nose that is more savory than fruit or floral driven at this stage, with peppered mango and preserved lemon, grilled bread and exotic herbs.  In the mouth it's rich, long and broad, with flavors of citrus peel, lemongrass and Chinese five spice.  The richness is held in check by good acidity, and the texture is marvelous. Let this age for a few months if you can, then drink between 2014 and 2018. It's possible it will go longer, too, but with Viognier, you never know.

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Food Pairings

  • White fishes with tropical salsa
  • Spicy Asian preparations of fish or chicken
  • Garlicky shellfish
  • Green salads with citrus dressing
Viognier

Not Available for Purchase

$30.00

Blend

  • 100% Viognier

Technical Notes

  • 13% Alcohol by Volume
  • 550 Cases Produced

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Events

Vintage Paso Weekend 3/20-22

Even though we don’t produce Zinfandel, we’ll be celebrating Vintage Paso (formerly Zinfandel Festival) the weekend of March 20th. In celebration of California’s heritage grapes, we’ll focus on the dry-farmed, head-trained vines of Tablas Creek and lead short forays into the vineyard to discuss the impact of farming without irrigation. You’ll even get to taste the 2012 En Gobelet among the vines which produced it. Details & More Events »


Tablas Creek News

MA Shipping Permit Received!

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 »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »


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