Tablas Creek has some great levels of wine clubs which offer up wines not available outside the winery or in different formats. This one is easily available although this particular bottle was from a 375ml bottle ($25). It is a blend of 49% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 21% Syrah, and 5% Counoise. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. A lovely nose of black raspberries, raspberries, spice and anise. On the palate, this has firm tannins but the fruit is open and drinking well. Juicy black raspberries, raspberries, over a clean dry earthiness with just a touch of char. This is a big wine but no
Light golden in color. The nose has peaches, honey and apricots. Nice acidity. A bit thin. honey and apricots. Long finish. This is drinking at its prime but should stay at this level for another decade. It would pare well with a peach cobbler.
Always a pleasure to taste an aged Sauternes from a top producer. This is iced tea in color. The nose is slightly oxidized with honeys and slight apricots both fresh and dried. On the palate, this is thinner than expected. Slightly sweet. Tastes of slightly burnt honey (in a good way). Long finish. This is cetainly past prime but still provides a lot of enjoyment. It probably should be consumed sooner than later. It will work well on its own or with a not too sweet fruit dessert.
This is a second growth under the 1855 classification system. Not a super second but often can be found for a reasonable price. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, opaque and bright. Slight funk in the glass which slightly blows off with air. Cassis, cedar and roasted herbs. On the palate, this has nice fruit plums and cass along with some underlying spice/cedar. Slightly drying tannins. Long finish. This drinks well on its own and will work well with roasted fowl or meats. It is close to peak but may still be a bit better. It sh
Purple in color. The nose is earthy with cassis, graphite and smoke. On the palate, this has ripe fruit. Cassis with underlying spice and char. The tannins are slightly drying. Overall a nice complexity. This wine is about as good as it will get but should be good for ten to fifteen more years. It will go well with roasted fowl or meats.
Great showing for this chateau that I don't believe I had ever heard of much left tried. It is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Cabernet Franc. Purple in color. The nose is earthy with cassis, and some spice. On the palate, this has ripe fruit. A nice complexity and depth. Cassis layered with earth and gravel. Some tannins. This probably won't improve from here but it should be good for another ten years at least. It will work well with roasted meats or fowl and drinks well on its own. A great value.
A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, cassis and coffee. On the palate, this has a nice depth and complexity. Cassis fruit layered with spice and slight earthiness. Soft texture. Medium tannins. Good finish. This is a very pretty wine that just now seems to be closing in on peak. There is some more upside to this wine. It will work well with roasts or grilled foods.
This showed well if a bit less than hoped. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has nice cassis fruit with some underlying baking spices. On the palate, this is a bit thin but nice cassis fruit. Sinewy texture. Tannins seem resolved. Drinks easy but tasty. Moderate finish. This seems like it is at peak and probably should be consumed in the next five to ten years. It will go well with stews or chili.
Labelled as Cru Bourgeois, half of this wine's production is typically kosher although this bottle was not so marked. A blend of 45% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has plenty of barnyard with some cherries. On the palate, this is soft, but has a nice complexity. Plums and cherries. Light tannins. Moderate finish. This probably won't get better but should maintain this level for another ten to twelve years. It will go well with stews and casseroles.
This is a blend of 85% Merlot.