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.
Since 2007, we have made our En Gobelet exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks. The results have been so compelling that we're planning to plant our entire new parcel -- all 55 acres -- in this style over the coming decade. Join us for this vertical tasting of every vintage of En Gobelet, from the 2007 to the newly-blended 2014. We'll also offer, before the tasting, an optional hike led by Viticulturist Levi Glenn through the rugged Scruffy Hill block from which we source most of the wine, and finish with a picnic lunch on our patio. $60 for wine club members and $75 for guests. Reservations are essential; we expect this to sell out. To reserve, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30. Details & More Events »
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 »
In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »
May 26, 2015
I was struck by a quote from Tegan Passalaqua, the winemaker at Turley, in a recent article on JancisRobinson.com. In an interview with Alder Yarrow, Tegan said "In a Mediterranean climate like we have, vertical shoot positioning and 3 by 6 vineyard spacing is basically farming hydroponically".
Hydroponic farming, with its overtones of bland supermarket tomatoes, seems an unlikely candidate to provide the intensity and ripeness that a winemaker would expect from California. But in its essence, that the farmer is providing everything that a plant needs to bear fruit, I don't think he's far off. It's worth taking a few moments to understand how grapevines came to be so widely irrigated in California. Read More »