The 2006 Tablas Creek Vineyard Grenache is Tablas Creek’s first varietal bottling of the most widely planted grape in the Rhone Valley. The wine shows the bright fruit and spice, medium body and tangy acidity of the Grenache Noir grape.
We use most of our Grenache in our Esprit de Beaucastel and Côtes de Tablas blends each year. However, we feel that this is a grape whose bright fruit, spice and acidity lends itself well to bottling as a single-varietal wine as well. In addition, Grenache seems to improve more dramatically with vine age than any other grape we grow, and we have been increasingly impressed with its performance in Paso Robles the last few years, culminating in this year's single-varietal bottling.
Our Grenache grapes were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2006 vintage was a study of contrasts, with a cold, wet start, a very hot early summer, a cool late summer and a warm, beautiful fall. Late winter rainfall gave the grapevines ample groundwater, and produced relatively generous crop sizes. The moderate late-season temperatures resulted in a delayed but unhurried harvest, wines with strong varietal character, noteworthy elegance and good acids. The Grenache harvest began October 4th and continued through October.
The Grenache grapes were destemmed and then fermented using native yeasts in closed stainless steel tanks. After three weeks, they were pressed and moved to 1200-gallon foudres to complete their fermentation. The Grenache lots were blended in June of 2007, when we added 10% Syrah to give a touch of black fruit and mineral to the wine. It was aged for an additional year in a 1200-gallon foudres and bottled in June 2008. The wine underwent only a light filtration before bottling, and should be expected to throw a sediment over time.
The 2006 Grenache displays a bright, juicy nose of cherry, plum, licorice and black tea, medium body with notable elegance, and a vibrant, spicy finish that turns a touch darker and firmer at the end.
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 »