2010 Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc

Year: 2010
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The just-bottled 2010 Cotes de Tablas Blanc is quite a bit fresher and more nuanced than the 2009. Bright, citrus white fruit, flowers and minerals come together beautifully in this polished, vibrant white. In 2010 the blend is 54% Viognier, 30% Grenache Blanc, 8% Marsanne and 8% Roussanne. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.

Tablas Creek was founded as a partnership between Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Robert Haas, owner of Beaucastel’s US importer, Vineyard Brands. Tablas Creek is one of the pioneers for Rhone varieties in Paso Robles, not just for the quality of the wines, but just as importantly for creating a nursery of clones from Beaucastel cuttings that are now used widely throughout the region. The estate currently has about 105 acres under vine. Tablas Creek works with indigenous yeasts and favors large, neutral oak barrels and casks for aging. Vintage 2009 was the third in a series of drought years for the estate, which along with a severe spring frost reduced yields dramatically to less than 1.85 tons per acre. The wines, though, are striking. Vintage 2010 could not have been more different. There was no spring frost. Instead the estate received a whopping 44 inches of rain. A cold summer led to a late harvest that started during the second half of October and lasted until early November. Readers will find a broad range of compelling bottles across all price ranges. As an aside, Tablas Creek is one of the highest-quality estates in California that has the facilities and capacity to receive visitors." (WA)

"(54% viognier, 30% grenache blanc, 8% marsanne and 8% roussanne): Bright yellow-gold. Fresh melon and peach on the fragrant nose. A juicy, energetic midweight that offers fresh honeydew and pit fruit flavors and a hint of candied orange. Finishes smooth, spicy and very long, leaving notes of fresh flowers and white pepper behind." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The 2010 CĂ´tes de Tablas Blanc features a serious nose, minty with stone fruits and honeydew lurking underneath. The mouth is broad and rich, peaches and cream, but dry, with a very long finish with a hint of tannin reminiscent of red apple skins, cream, and rocks, nicely saline at the end.