Tablas Creek Central Coast Paso Robles California Rhone Ranger Wines


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Tablas Creek History, Overview

The foundation of Tablas Creek grew out of a friendship between the Perrin family, the owners of Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape, and the importer, Robert Haas. Robert Haas is the founder of Vineyard Brands, which is a larger importer of various wines to the United States. Talked about for years, Tablas Creek was born when the Perrin family and Robert Haas purchased 120 acres of land in 1989. Located in the Las Tablas region of Paso Robles, it is easy to find the inspiration behind the estates new name. The specific land was purchased because the terroir reminded them of what they find in the Southern Rhone, due to its climate, and rocky soils.

Tablas Creek produces a massive portfolio of Rhone styled wines, most of which are made from Rhone Valley grape varieties. At Tablas Creek you find of course, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise, which are all used for red wines. But there are also significant plantings of Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier that are used to make white wines. In addition, they make rose’ and dessert styled wines as well.

Tablas Creek Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

All work in the Tablas Creek Vineyards is 100% organic. To assist in their natural, biodynamic approach, they have enlisted the help of sheep, alpacas and donkeys, which eat the cover crops, adding natural fertilizer to the soil. They were certified as being 100% organic in 2003, and my guess, they will receive certification for being biodynamic, sooner than later.

Cotes de Tablas are made from estate fruit that are meant to drink quite early. Patelin de Tablas wines are made from purchased fruit from within the Paso Robles appellation.

In addition to our red and white Rhône blends, we produce a dry rosé, small quantities of varietal wines, as well as small-production blends and dessert wines.

Tablas Creek Bergeron
Tablas Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Tablas Creek Chardonnay Antithesis
Tablas Creek Clos Blanc
Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas
Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas Blanc
Tablas Creek Counoise
Tablas Creek En Gobelet
Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc
Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas
Tablas Creek Grand Cuvee
Tablas Creek Grenache
Tablas Creek Grenache Blanc
Tablas Creek Marsanne
Tablas Creek Mourvedre
Tablas Creek Panoplie
Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas
Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc
Tablas Creek Petit Cuvee
Tablas Creek Picpoul
Tablas Creek Reserve Cuvee
Tablas Creek Rose
Tablas Creek Rose Dianthus
Tablas Creek Rose Patelin de Tablas
Tablas Creek Roussanne
Tablas Creek Sacrerouge
Tablas Creek Syrah
Tablas Creek Tannat
Tablas Creek Vermentino
Tablas Creek Vin de Paille (Roussanne)
Tablas Creek Vin de Paille Quintessence
Tablas Creek Vin de Paille Sacrerouge
Tablas Creek Viognier

Serving and Decanting Tablas Creek with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Tablas Creek is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour or so, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Tablas Creek is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, ribs, hamburgers, barbecue, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and stews. Tablas Creek is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

The white wine of Tablas Creek is best served with all types of seafood and shellfish, sushi, sashimi, chicken, veal, pork and cheese.

Tablas Creek Wine Tasting Notes

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2014 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas  (Paso Robles Adelaida District) 90

Forward, medium bodied, fresh, easy to like and drink styled wine with a focus on spicy, fresh, red fruits. 90 Points

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2014 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas  (Paso Robles) 86

This value priced wine is light, fresh, correct and made for early, uncomplicated drinking. 86 Points

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2012 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas  (Paso Robles) 90

Nice wine here, with kirsch, dark cherry, garrigue and pepper in the nose. Soft in texture and filled with a fresh, wild strawberries in the finish. 90 Points

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2012 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas  (Paso Robles) 90

Fresh cherries, wild strawberry, spice, kirsch and herbs are in full bloom. Soft and polished on the palate, the wine ends with sweet, strawberry jam notes. 90 Points

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2012 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas  (Paso Robles) 87

Drinkable on release, this easy to like, spicy, red berry filled wine is a crowd pleaser that is best drunk young. 87 Points

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2011 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas  (Paso Robles) 87

Blending 52% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre and 1% Counoise, this medium bodied wine is more focused on red fruits and spice. Short in the finish, there is also a sensation of dryness. 87 Points

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2010 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas  (Paso Robles) 90

From a blend of 43% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 18% Counoise and 15% Mourvedre that would be equally at home in Chateauneuf du Pape, the wine offers spice, floral and jammy blackberry scents. Soft, open and medium bodied, the wine ends with ripe cherries and good acidity. 90 Points

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2009 Tablas Creek Mourvedre  (Paso Robles) 90

Deep in color, with with an earthy, smoke filled, blackberry and spice perfume, the wine is full bodied, powerful, rich and tannic. The wine builds in your mouth. Stiill young, this will probably merit a better score in a few years. 90 Points

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2009 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel  (Paso Robles) 90

This Chateauneuf du Pape blend offers a nose filled with jammy black fruit, earth and pepper scents. There is some heat in the spicy, black raspberry and strawberry jam finish. 90 Points

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