The 2004 Tablas Creek Vineyard Mourvèdre is Tablas Creek’s second bottling of its 100% Mourvèdre. The wine shows the rich cherry, fig, mocha and spice flavors, medium to full body, and a spicy, appealing finish of saddle leather and loam of the Mourvèdre grape.
We use most of our Mourvèdre in our Esprit de Beaucastel each year. However, we feel that this is a grape that deserves a champion, and when we have some tremendous lots of Mourvèdre, we try to put together a limited quantity of wine for a single-varietal bottling.
Our Mourvèdre grapes were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2004 vintage was excellent, with a very early spring balanced by a long, warm (but rarely hot) summer. The extended ripening cycle gave the grapes intense aromatics, pronounced minerality, and good structure. The harvest began in early September and continued warm and sunny, with cool nights, until an early onset of the fall rains on October 14th. At the first round of storms, about one-third of our Mourvèdre had been harvested the week of September 23rd. After this rain, two weeks of sunny, cool, and breezy temperatures allowed us to harvest most of the rest of the Mourvèdre between October 23rd and 25th. A final lot of Mourvèdre, harvested on November 18th (our latest harvest ever) completed the 2004 vintage. The different Mourvèdre lots gave us tremendous opportunities in the cellar for blending.
The Mourvèdre grapes were destemmed and then fermented using native yeasts in a balance of small open-top and enclosed stainless steel tanks. After three weeks, they were pressed, and moved to 1200-gallon foudres to complete their fermentation. The Mourvèdre lots were blended in June of 2005 as part of the assembly of the 2004 reds, and aged for an additional year in a 1200-gallon foudre and an assortment of smaller neutral barrels. The wine was bottled in May 2006. The wine underwent only a light filtration before bottling, and should be expected to throw a sediment over time.
The 2004 Mourvèdre displays a classic nose of roasted meats, cherries, mocha, and spice. It is juicy and full in the mouth, with ripe tannins, lingering notes of coffee, chocolate and leather, good acidity, and a pronounced minerallity on the finish. We expect it to show lush, young fruit character, buttressed by plenty of structure, when young (before the end of 2007) and then to shut down for a few years. After it reopens, we expect it to drink well for a decade or more.
You're invited to join us for an Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 24 at Tablas Creek Vineyard. Visit the winery all weekend from 10am to 5pm and learn about our organic and Biodynamic viticulture and limestone soils. Taste the wines from the current VINsider Wine Club shipment, and see our biodynamic sheep, alpacas, donkeys and llama! Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, enjoy the high-energy sounds of Bear Market Riot from noon to 3:00 PM on our terraced patio.
We were proud to learn that Tablas Creek Partner/GM Jason Haas was voted by his peers the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. His father, our founder Robert Haas, wrote this appreciation on our blog.
In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 220) 15 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit de Tablas (93-96), 2013 Panoplie (94-96), and 2014 Panoplie (95-97). Read the review » More press »
April 27, 2016
Think of each plant that's growing in a given plot of land as like a wick, with its roots delving into the soil for available moisture. If we had overabundant water, we might want to leave some surface weeds to keep levels more reasonable. Instead, in our California climate, eliminating competition from grasses and other surface plants is an essential part of our ability to dry farm. Tilling in the cover crop also allows the insects and microorganisms in the soil to start breaking down the surface biomass accumulated during the winter growth into nutrients that the vines will draw from in the coming months. Finally, the loosening of the soil creates an insulating layer at the surface that helps conserve the water deeper down. Read More »