2010 Tablas Creek Vermentino

Year: 2010
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 90
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"Shows apple, white peach and pear flavors on a medium body, with apricot, mineral and almond notes. There's good acidity to keep the flavors fresh. Drink now. 1,235 cases made." (WS)

"The 2010 Vermentino is a gorgeous, crisp white laced with considerable aromatic complexity and sheer personality. It comes across as a bit riper and more generous than most Italian versions. White peaches, flowers and mint flow gracefully to the rich, textured finish. 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)

"Green-tinged straw. High-pitched aromas of pear, candied lemon and mango, with slow-building spiciness. Very fresh and sappy, with deep but lithe orchard and tropical fruit flavors framed by bracing acidity. The tangy finish features lingering spiciness. This would work well with rich or lighter foods. " (IWC)

"I like the almond and apple character with hints of chalk. Full body, with good fruit and a flowery. Tangy acidity. Lots of bright fruit. Screwcap. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The 2010 Vermentino shows a classic nose of mineral, citrus leaf, and lime zest. In the mouth, an initial impression of sweet citrus quickly turns crisp, with great acids, just a hint of tropical fruit, and a long, clean, mineral-laced finish. Pair it with oysters on the half shell or enjoy as an aperitif.