2010 Tablas Creek Roussanne

Year: 2010
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 89-91
Vinous Media: 91
The Rhone Report: 90-92
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"The 2010 Roussanne (from puncheon) is an impressive white layered with varietal fruit, tangerine blossoms and light floral honey. The coolness of the vintage tempers some of Roussanne’s more extroverted tendencies in this gorgeous, highly expressive white. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.

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)

"Bright yellow-gold. Fresh orange and pear aromas are complicated by dusty minerals and white flowers. Silky in texture, with good energy and focus to the zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Spiciness builds on the nervy, very persistent finish." (IWC)

"2010 Tablas Creek Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) A step-up from the other whites and boasting beautiful notes of golden fruits, crème, and poached pear, the 2010 Tablas Creek Roussanne, aged in puncheons, is well structured and balanced on the palate, showing admirable depth and class, as well as loads of minerality on the finish. It should have 3-5 years of longevity, if not longer. (90-92)" (RR)

Winery Notes:
The 2010 Roussanne has an expressive nose of beeswax, crushed rock, white tea, and jasmine, with spiciness emerging with air. The mouth is rich yet quite structured, with flavors of honey, stone fruit, mineral and roses. The finish is bright and spicy, very clean, with pear and chamomile notes.