Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Côtes de Tablas Blanc 2005
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four estate-grown white Rhône varietals: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc. The wine, like most wines of the Southern Rhône, is a blend of varietals, featuring the aromatics and fruit of the Viognier, the flavors and clean minerality of the Marsanne and Roussanne, and the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of the Grenache Blanc. The 2005 Côtes de Tablas Blanc is Tablas Creek's fourth national release of its Viognier-based white blend, made in a rich and aromatic style, yet with a clean minerality in the mouth, bright acidity, and a long finish. Like our Côtes de Tablas red, this wine is designed to be ready to drink young: at its peak from the moment of its release. As with all our wines, the grapes for our Côtes de Tablas Blanc were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard. The 2005 vintage was one of nature's lucky breaks, with excellent quality and higher-than-normal yields. The wet winter of '04-'05 gave the grapevines ample groundwater, and a warm period in March got the vines off to an early May flowering. The summer was uniformly sunny but relatively cool, and harvest began (relatively late for us) in the 3rd week of September. The grapes spent nearly a month longer than normal on the vine, and the resulting wines were intensely mineral, with good structure and powerful aromatics. The Viognier was harvested between September 22nd and October 8th, the Marsanne on October 10th and 11th, the Grenache Blanc between September 26th and October 26th, and the Roussanne (unusually, our last varietal harvested) between September 26th and November 7th. All varietals for the Côtes de Tablas Blanc were whole cluster pressed, and fermented in stainless steel to emphasize the clean crisp flavors and preserve the aromatics. Only native yeasts were used. After fermentation, the wines were racked and blended, and bottled in April 2006. The wine underwent only a light cold stabilization before bottling. The 2005 Côtes de Tablas Blanc is a blend in the style of French Cotes du Rhone whites, and features spicy aromas of herbs, stone fruits and minerals are followed in the mouth by apricot flavors, rich texture, bright acidity, and a long, clean peachy finish. TECHNICAL NOTES 42% Viognier 33% Roussanne 19% Marsanne 6% Grenache Blanc 13.9% Alcohol by Volume 3500 Cases Produced FOOD PAIRINGS Mussels Marinière Green salads with avocado and citrus dressing Scallops Ceviche Light fish (halibut, sole) with tropical salsa
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Tablas Creek, founded by the Perrin brothers of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands, produces organically farmed, estate-grown Rhone varietals and blends in the limestone clay soils of west Paso Robles.
Editorial Reviews for Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Côtes de Tablas Blanc
On the rich side with an almost viscous texture, this has benefitted from 2 years in the cellar. The pear and bitter orange pith fruit is well balanced and framed by gentle suggestions of mineral and almond milk. This is a big wine that doesn’t lack for alcohol and may be a bit too soft for some palates but it does offer an interesting take on the style and would be a great match for a creamy, rich chicken and mushroom soup. 86pts
Nice smooth white wine. Floral, white fruit aromas. Creamy texture and good mouth feel.
Liked this even better with some age on it, this wine was medium gold in color. Aromas of apple, honeysuckle, and chamomile. Palate was full of apples, with crisp citrus notes, some herbal nuance. Had with Thanksgiving 07.
Very good white rhone blend. Viognier is evident in the aromas and first sips, which are floral and perfumed. Crisp citrus flavors and a juicy finish. Excellent balance.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Côtes de Tablas Blanc
A barrel sample of the 2005 Cote de Tablas blanc (42% Viognier 33% Roussanne 19% Marsanne and 6% Grenache Blanc) offers lovely notes of honeysuckle orange peel and other tropical fruits in its medium to full-bodied stylish personality. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
The introductory white is the Cote de Tablas Blanc. The 2005, a blend of 42% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, 19% Marsanne, and the rest white Grenache, offers up aromas of honeyed grapefruit, orange rind, tropical fruits, and lemon zest along with a hint of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied with surprising dryness as well as intensity, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years. ** Only 12 in Stock **
The 2005 Cotes de Tablas is better than the 2004. This blend of 43% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, and the rest Counoise, shows complex notes of soy, roasted meat, black cherry, currant, resin, a... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2005 Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas 750ml
A barrel sample of the 2005 Cote de Tablas blanc (42% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, 19% Marsanne, and 6% Grenache Blanc) offers lovely notes of honeysuckle, orange peel, and other tropical fruits in its medium to full-bodied, stylish personality. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2005 Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas Blanc 750ml