The 2005 Tablas Creek Vineyard Vin de Paille is Tablas Creek’s third bottling of this traditional Mediterranean technique for producing dessert wines. Ripe grape bunches are carefully laid down on straw-covered benches in our greenhouses, and allowed to dehydrate in the sun. When the grapes reach the desired concentration, we press them and move the juice to oak barrels for fermentation. The juice ferments until it reaches an alcohol level where the sweetness of the juice is balanced by the acids and mineral characteristics of the wine itself.
The 2005 Vin de Paille is a blend of four white Rhone grapes: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Marsanne. The grapes for our Vin de Paille were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2005 vintage was one of nature’s lucky breaks, with excellent quality and higher-than-normal yields. The wet winter of ’04–’05 gave the grapevines ample groundwater, and a warm period in March got the vines off to an early May flowering. The summer was uniformly sunny but relatively cool, and harvest began (relatively late for us) in the 3rd week of September. The grapes spent nearly a month longer than normal on the vine, and the resulting wines were intensely mineral, with good structure and powerful aromatics. The Viognier was harvested between September 22nd and October 8th, the Marsanne on October 10th and 11th, the Grenache Blanc between September 26th and October 26th, and the Roussanne (unusually, our last varietal harvested) between September 26th and November 7th.
The wine, after pressing, was aged in new French oak barrels for 9 months before being bottled in May of 2006. It was released in August 2007, after another year in bottle.
The 2005 Vin de Paille has a beautiful nose of apricots and dates, with significant but balanced sweetness and flavors of caramel, nectarine, marmalade and spiced pears balanced by citrusy acids. Its finish is lingering, with flavors of fig and maple syrup. We expect it to age gracefully in bottle for a decade or more.
On December 5th, all Tablas Creek wine club members are invited to join Tablas Creek's winemakers at one of two sessions (10:30am or 1:30pm) to taste the 2014 Esprit de Tablas and 2014 Panoplie from barrel, discuss the vintage, and enjoy a seasonal dish created to pair with the wines. The $30 cost to attend the event is refundable on any en primeur purchase. Because of the limited space at this exclusive event, club members may bring no more than 2 guests. Details »
Whether or not they attend the tasting, members may order futures at an additional 5% off of the member club discount, typically 25%-30% off eventual release price. Members should look forward to receiving an invitation to the futures tasting and en primeur offering in the mail in early November.
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 »
November 21, 2015
by: Lauren Phelps
I recently sat down with Chelsea and asked her a few questions about her life, what brought her into the wine industry and how she became an essential member of the Tablas Creek family. Read More »