2010 Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge

Year: 2010
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Crushed rock and loamy earth flavors provide the foundation for this dry, cedary mix of dried berry fruit, ending with a dash of spice and underbrush. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Drink now through 2019. 2,400 cases made." (WS)

"The 2010 Cotes de Tablas is a bit more accessible than some of the single-variety wines because of its medium-bodied structure. Dark red cherries, flowers and tobacco float through to the medium-bodied, refined finish, where a dash of Counoise adds lift. The 2010 is 46% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

As always, my tasting at Tablas Creek was a bit of a marathon session covering several dozen wines, but that is just a testament to a world-class winery that excels at so many things. This year I tasted with proprietor Jason Haas, winemaker Ryan Hebert and assistant winemaker Chelsea Magnusson. Haas describes 2011 as a difficult year. A devastating spring frost reduced yields by as much as 40% in some places. Vintage 2010 was characterized by a long growing season, but without the huge heat spikes that were seen elsewhere. It was also much more plentiful, which gave the winery the quality and ability to bottle its four main red Rhone varieties separately." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The 2010 Côtes de Tablas shows a spicy nose of crushed rock, licorice and black cherry, with sweet spices like nutmeg and cinnamon coming out with air. The mouth is nicely vibrant with flavors of fig and cherry, leather, balsamic and mineral, with chalky Grenache tannins coming out on the lingering, spicy finish. Drink now and for the next decade.