Featured Wine for March 2015: 2012 En Gobelet
Each month, we choose a wine to feature that we believe deserves the attention, whether because of the season, because of where it is in its evolution, or because of recognition it has received. We then offer that wine at a 10% discount for the duration of the feature.
In celebration of the 3/20-3/22 "Vintage Paso" event put on in Paso Robles Wine Country our March focus is on our En Gobelet, from head-trained, dry-farmed vineyard blocks. This old-fashioned pruning technique naturally controls yields while eliminating the need to irrigate, and produces wines with intensity and great character of place. For the origin of our En Gobelet program, see this blog piece. To order at the 10% discount (in addition to any other discounts for club membership or case purchase) visit our online order form.
The Tablas Creek Vineyard En Gobelet 2012 is a unique blend of five estate-grown varietals, selected from head-pruned, dry-farmed sections of our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. We have felt for some time that the lots from head-pruned blocks share an elegance and a clarity that was noteworthy. Beginning in 2007, we created our non-traditional (but delicious) blend En Gobelet which combines the fruit, approachability and lushness of Grenache, the structure, earth, and mid-palate richness of Mourvèdre, the dark color and minerality of Syrah, the vibrant spiciness of Counoise, and the dark smokiness of Tannat.
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. Syrah harvest began September 10th, followed by Grenache on September 21st, Mourvèdre on September 26th, Tannat on October 4th and Counoise on October 5th. The last pick of all four grapes came October 30th.
The grapes were largely havested together from the section of the vineyard we call "Scruffy Hill" and co-fermented in an upright oak fermenter using native yeasts. After pressing, the wine was moved into one 1200-gallon French oak foudre as well as a couple of older oak puncheons. It was re-blended and bottled in July 2013.
An exuberantly appealing nose: minty, meaty and spicy, with strawberry and red currant, tobacco and sweet spice. In the mouth it is rich, tangy and mouth-filling, darker than the nose suggests, with chewy tannins, chocolate and grape flavors, and good grip. The finish is exceptionally long, with chalky minerality and dark red fruit. Delicious now, but with the stuffing and balance to age. Drink now and for the next two decades.
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 »
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 »
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 »
February 23, 2015
Normally, the sign at the edge of our head-trained Mourvedre vineyard just outside our tasting room is to protect people from a twisted ankle, should they stray off the tarmac. Now, we're worried we might lose them in the cover crop! Read More »