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.
You're invited to join us for a weekend-long Wine Festival celebration Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd. Friday, we're pouring at the RESERVE event from 4:00-6:30 then hosting a winemaker dinner at Bistro Laurent with wines from Beaucastel and Tablas Creek at 7:00. On Saturday at the Paso Robles downtown park we'll be joining the Paso Robles wine community for the Grand Tasting from 12:00 to 4:00. Sunday at the vineyard we'll have "brunch style" bites starting at 10am and live music with Shawn Clark Family Band from 12:00-3pm.
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 »