Tablas Creek is dedicated to producing wines from the grapes traditional to France's Rhone Valley. As in the southern Rhone, most of our wines are blended for balance and complexity. Our winemaking, including native yeast fermentation and aging in 1200-gallon French oak foudres, preserves the wines’ expression of their soil, climate, and varietal character. All wines except the Patelin de Tablas wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.
While our three core blends are available in national distribution, many of our small-production wines, including the Panoplie, are available only direct from the winery: through our wine club, by ordering online or by visiting Tablas Creek Vineyard.
If you are curious how a bottle in your cellar is drinking, we encourage you to download our vintage chart.
Our signature wines are the Esprit de Tablas (formerly Esprit de Beaucastel), based on Mourvèdre, and the Esprit de Tablas Blanc (formerly Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc), based on Roussanne. These wines are rich, balanced, and ageable, and should reward time in bottle to mature.
Curious about the name change from Esprit de Beaucastel to Esprit de Tablas? Read our blog post that explains.
Our Côtes de Tablas, based on Grenache, and Côtes de Tablas Blanc, based on Viognier, are blended to be lushly fruity and appealing, approachable sooner than our Esprit de Beaucastel wines. These wines are based on the Rhône Valley’s signature red and white grapes, and should be recognizable to devotees of the Rhône's best rich yet balanced examples.
In 2010, we launched our Patelin de Tablas Blanc, based on Grenache Blanc, and Patelin de Tablas, based on Syrah. In 2012, we added the Grenache-based Patelin de Tablas Rosé. These three wines include fruit from some of Paso Robles’ top Rhône vineyards in addition to Tablas Creek, and are blended to be bright, fresh and clean, and to offer exceptional value.
Each year, we make a small amount of our Mourvèdre-based dry rosé Dianthus. To complement the richess and complexity of the Mourvèdre we add small amounts of zesty, fruity Grenache and spicy, bright Counoise.
In addition to our blends, we often release small quantities of our limited-production Rhône varietal wines. These wines include classic Rhone varieties we make almost every year (including Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre), unusual Rhone varieties we make occasionally (including Picpoul Blanc, Counoise and Marsanne) and non-Rhones we've found work great in Paso Robles (including Vermentino, Antithesis Chardonnay, and Tannat).
We are proud to make available, exclusively from the winery, wines such as our elite Panoplie, made in the style of Beaucastel’s Hommage a Jacques Perrin, and our En Gobelet, made exclusively from head-pruned, dry-farmed vineyard blocks.
The Panoplie and our other limited-production blends can be purchased online through the Tablas Creek Wine Shop, or by visiting the Tablas Creek Vineyard winery. Many are available exclusively to members of the Tablas Creek Wine Club.
In vintages which allow it, we produce small amounts of sweet wines using the vin de paille process. This traditional technique begins with laying ripe (but not overripe) bunches of carefully hand-picked grapes on straw to dehydrate in the sun. When the grapes have reached the desired concentration, they are moved to the cellar, pressed and fermented slowly in oak. The result is sweet wines with richness, balance, and a freshness unusual among dessert wines.
We make three different vin de paille-style wines. Our Vin de Paille is a blend of four white Rhone grapes: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Viognier. Our 100% Roussanne Vin de Paille "Quintessence" is made from a single barrel of the most intense Roussanne. And our 100% Mourvèdre Vin de Paille "Sacrérouge" is, we think, the only wine of its kind made anywhere in the world.
Even though we don’t produce Zinfandel, we’ll be celebrating Vintage Paso (formerly Zinfandel Festival) the weekend of March 20th. In celebration of California’s heritage grapes, we’ll focus on the dry-farmed, head-trained vines of Tablas Creek and lead short forays into the vineyard to discuss the impact of farming without irrigation. You’ll even get to taste the 2012 En Gobelet among the vines which produced it. 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 »
March 1, 2015
It seems like progress in direct shipping goes in waves. There's a small flurry of movement, in states widely separated in geography and culture, and then a period when nothing much happens. Then, for whatever reason, progress starts back up. Read More »