VINdependent News & Updates

VINdependence Day Celebration Sunday, July 12, 2015

VINdependents should save the date for Sunday, July 12th.  We'll close our tasting room to the public and put on an open house to celebrate our VINdependent Club members.  Stay tuned for details and format.

VINdependent End-of-Year Shipment Options for 2014

VINdependents who had not yet fulfilled their six-bottle annual commitment were invited to choose between three pre-configured shipments: one all-reds, one all-whites and one mixed. They were also of course welcome to configure their own shipment using our online order form. The preconfigured options were:

Mixed (Default)

  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas 2012 (Our flagship red wine; 93-95 points, Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of En Gobelet 2012 (Our blend entirely from head-pruned, dry-farmed vineyard blocks; 92-94 points, Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Grenache 2012 (A varietal bottling of the signature grape of the southern Rhone valley, rich and powerful; 94 points, Wine Advocate & Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2012 (Our flagship white wine; 92-93 points, Tanzer's I.W.C)
  • 1 bottle of Viognier 2013 (our second varietal bottling in six years; 90 points, Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2013 (blend of popular southern Rhone varietals, floral aromatics and stone fruit; 90+ points, Antonio Galloni)
  • VINdependent Cost: $217.80

Red-Only

  • 2 bottles of Esprit de Tablas 2012 (Our flagship red wine; 93-95 points, Antonio Galloni)
  • 2 bottles of En Gobelet 2012 (Our blend entirely from head-pruned, dry-farmed vineyard blocks; 92-94 points, Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Grenache 2012 (A varietal bottling of the signature grape of the southern Rhone valley, rich and powerful; 94 points, Wine Advocate & Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Full Circle Pinot Noir 2012 (Our third varietal bottling from the small vineyard outside Robert Haas' family home in Templeton)
  • VINdependent Cost: $256.50

White-Only

  • 2 bottles of Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2012 (Our flagship white wine; 92-93 points, Tanzer's I.W.C)
  • 1 bottle of Viognier 2013 (our second varietal bottling in six years; 90 points, Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2013 (blend of popular southern Rhone varietals, floral aromatics and stone fruit; 90+ points, Antonio Galloni)
  • 1 bottle of Grenache Blanc 2012 (flavors of citrus, anise and greena apple; 90 points, Tanzer's IWC)
  • 1 bottle of Marsanne 2013 (Our third varietal bottling; 90 points, Galloni)
  • VINdependent Cost: $183.60

To receive the default mixed shipment, members needed do nothing. Those who preferred a different pre-configured shipment or a different ship date, could contact Wine Club Director Nicole Getty at 805.237.1231 x39 or vinsider@tablascreek.com.

Contact Wine Club Director Nicole Getty at 805.237.1231 x39 or vinsider@tablascreek.com if you have any questions about shipments or membership.

Events

En Gobelet Vertical Tasting and Dry Farming Exploration

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 events@tablascreek.com or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30.  Details & More Events »


Tablas Creek News

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 »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

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 »


On the Tablas Blog

Dry Farming in California's Drought, Part 3: How We Got Here (and Where We Go Next)

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 »