2010 Tablas Creek Rose

Year: 2010
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Vinous Media: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
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"A big, ripe and full-flavored rosé, with toasty vanilla and raspberry aromas and bold cherry, strawberry and spicy cinnamon flavors. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Counoise. Drink now. 1,460 cases made." (WS)

"($27) (59% mourvèdre, 30% grenache and 11% counoise): Dark pink. Pungent, assertive aromas of dried cherry, redcurrant and rhubarb, with a spicy overtone. Fleshy but dry, offering powerful red berry and bitter cherry flavors and a late jolt of white pepper. Finishes with good tangy bite and lingering red fruit notes. A serious rendition of pink wine, with the oomph to handle full-flavored foods, even red meats. " (IWC)

"Among the heftier and more flavorful Rosés of the bunch, Tablas Creek's version very much recalls the spice and the substance of those made in the Rhône. It is moderately full-bodied and richer than most with plenty of ripe-berry flavors that avoid even the least bit of candy. It will overpower many of the lighter foods that are so typically recommended as partners to Rosés, yet it will make wonderful drinking with a broad array of milder meat recipes, and it will keep very well. Reviewed: October 2011" (CG)

Winery Notes:
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Rosé 2010 is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The blend is traditional of the southern Rhône, though the blend of grapes is predominantly Mourvèdre, and therefore more like the solid, dry rosés of Bandol than the lighter Grenache-based Tavel.

Each year, we take the grapes for our Rosé from the oldest section of French-source vines at Tablas Creek. When we first received our vines from France, we had just enough to plant a few rows of each varietal on a hill overlooking our vine nursery. Over the next few years, we used cuttings from these plants to plant the rest of our 120-acre vineyard.

These few rows of high-quality vines ripen later than the rest of the vineyard, so we harvest the Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Counoise together and co-ferment them (on their skins) in a single stainless steel fermenter. After 48 hours, we draw about 800 gallons of juice off the blend, and ferment it dry away from the skins. These lots are then supplemented with saignées (bleedings) from other Mourvèdre and Grenache lots in the cellar.

The grapes for our Rosé were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

The 2010 vintage was marked by ample winter rainfall and a notably cool summer, with very long hangtimes producing good intensity and bright acids at lower than normal alcohol levels. These characteristics are great for rosé!

The 2010 Rosé is cranberry in color, with an explosive nose of red chile jam, watermelon, plum, mineral and spice. The mouth is bright with flavors of watermelon and tart cherry. The sweetness of the fruit is chased quickly by bright acids and a long, deep finish with echoes of lime and tangerine. Pair it with Mediterranean cuisine, Spanish tapas, preparations with garlic and olive oil... or just enjoy it outside on a sunny day.