2013 Viognier

Production Notes

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

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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
$30.00

Blend

  • 100% Viognier

Technical Notes

  • 12.4% Alcohol by Volume
  • 520 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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