The 2004 Tablas Creek Vineyard Grenache Blanc is Tablas Creek’s first national release of its 100% Grenache Blanc. The Grenache Blanc grape, a little-known but widely-planted Southern Rhône varietal, produces wines with tremendous body, good acidity, and flavors of citrus, anise, and green apple.
We use most of our Grenache Blanc in our Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc and Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, we have been so pleased by the flavors and intensity of the Grenache Blanc over the past few years that we decided to reserve a small quantity of Grenache Blanc for a single-varietal bottling.
Our Grenache Blanc grapes were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2004 vintage saw an early flowering but overall moderate temperatures that lengthened the growing cycle and produced grapes that were unusually aromatic and mineral-driven. Warm days and cool nights persisted through most of the summer, with daytime temperatures typically in the upper 80s and low 90s, and nighttime lows in the 50s. When it finally got and stayed hot in late August, many of our varietals (unusually) ripened near the same time. The Grenache Blanc was harvested on four days between September 22nd and 28th.
The Grenache Blanc grapes were whole cluster pressed, and fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. After primary fermentation, the wine was moved to neutral French oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The final blends were assembled in May 2005, and bottled in July 2005. The wines underwent only a light cold stabilization before bottling.
The 2004 Grenache Blanc is a vibrant expression of the Grenache Blanc grape. Aromas of lemonand anise are followed by full body, flavors of green apple and marzipan, zesty acids and a long, elegant lemon drop finish.
Join us for the Paso Robles Wine Community's biggest celebration! We'll pour Esprit de Beaucastel at Friday's Reserve Event and a range of new releases at Saturday's Grand Tasting. And all weekend we'll have special wines open at the winery and will be taking tours to visit our herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys. Sunday 11am to 1:30pm enjoy Chef Jacob Lovejoy's small plates, free with a tasting. Details & more events »
In May, we're featuring our 2011 Cotes de Tablas Blanc at a 10% discount. In 2011, our Viognier crop was cut by 80% due to spring frost, leaving a tiny, intense yield of less than one-half a ton per acre. The resulting wine is rich and tropical, with stone fruits and honey, but at the same time firmly dry, with a very long, saline & mineral finish. Details »
May 15, 2013
Take a look at the seven-line entry of Frank Schoonmaker, America’s foremost wine expert and author in 1964, about terroir. His association, rather than the "somewhereness" the wine exhibits, is more of a taste of dirt, neither elegant nor elevated: "somewhat unpleasant, common, persistent”. My, how things have changed. More »