2006 Vin de Paille Sacrérouge

Vin de Paille Sacrérouge Called “Bottled Seduction” By Sunset

Sunset Magazine (Feb. 2009) chose our Vin de Paille “Sacrérouge” as one of their 2009 "wines for lovers" and called it “bottled seduction” [read more...]. Try it with (or instead of) your Valentine’s Day chocolates.

The 2006 Vin de Paille Sacrérouge is available exclusively at the Tablas Creek tasting room and through our online wine shop.

Production Notes

The 2006 Tablas Creek Vineyard Vin de Paille Sacrérouge is Tablas Creek’s third bottling of this non-traditional application (to red grapes) of an ancient 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 (usually in about 3 weeks) they are crushed by foot and fermented in small open-top fermenters using only native yeasts. When they reach their desired level of extraction, we press them and move the juice to oak barrels to continue fermenting until it reaches an alcohol level where the sweetness of the wine is in balance with its acids, tannins, and mineral characteristics.

The grapes for our Vin de Paille were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

The 2006 Vin de Paille Sacrérouge is made from 100% Mourvèdre grapes. We also made a a white Vin de Paille in 2006: a blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne.

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. Ample rainfall in late winter gave the grapevines ample groundwater, and produced relatively generous crop sizes. The relatively cool late-season temperatures resulted in a delayed but unhurried harvest, wines with lower than normal alcohols, strong varietal character, and good acids. The Mourvèdre was harvested throughout late October and completed the vintage on November 9th. The grapes for the Sacrérouge were among our last harvested, and spent much of the month of November in our greenhouses.

The wine, after pressing, was aged in four new French oak barrels for 20 months before being bottled in May of 2008.

Tasting Notes

The 2006 Vin de Paille Sacrérouge has a sweet nose of dates, plums, and figs, with dark cherries, cassis and chocolate in the mouth. The finish is sweet and long with lingering fig, chocolate, and mineral notes.


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Food Pairings

  • Semi-sweet chocolate desserts
  • Prochiutto-wrapped figs
  • Red berry tarts
  • Aged cheeses
Vin de Paille Sacrerouge

Not Available for Purchase



  • 100% Mourvèdre

Technical Notes

  • Sugar at Pressing: 360 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 124 g/l
  • 14.5% Alcohol by Volume
  • 200 375ml Cases Produced



Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend

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 »

Tablas Creek News

Tablas Creek in The New York Times and Washington Post in August

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 »

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 »

On the Tablas Blog

We wind toward the close of a high quality but painfully low-yielding 2015 harvest

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 »