The 2013 Tablas Creek Vineyard Viognier is our sixth bottling (but just the second since 2006) of the Rhone's best-known white grape. 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 2013 and thrived in the warm days and cool nights.
Our Viognier grapes were grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.
We use most of our Viognier in our Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, in 2013, we were so pleased by our Viognier lots that we reserved a small quantity of Viognier for a single-varietal bottling
The 2013 vintage was a classic California vintage, warm and sunny, with added intensity from the low yields produced by our second consecutive drought year. The summer was consistently warm, without the heat spikes or cold stretches that can delay ripening, and resulted in an early harvest under near-perfect conditions. The net result was a blockbuster vintage, with excellent concentration and good freshness, that should offer both early appeal and the capacity to age. Our Viognier was harvested between August 26th and September 3rd.
The Viognier grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, then blended and bottled in May 2014.
The 2013 Viognier shows a nose balanced between savory and fruit flavors, with chalky minerality, green plum, kiwi, anise and hops. In the mouth it's rich and tangy, with flavors of cantaloupe, mandarin, sorrel and pineapple. The finish is long and clean, with lemongrass and creamy minerality, and a lingering texture. Drink in the next five years.
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 »