This is a winery only release from this winery who makes quite a few different wines only sold as such. It is cooler climate in style. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has boysenberries, smoked herbs, slight bacon fat and black pepper. Medium bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, boysenberries with some char. Nice finish. This is nice on its own but better with food. It went well with Indian food. Drink over the next five to ten years.
From Magnum. This is a blend of 65% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, and 7% Syrah. Basically, this is the top wine offered by Tablas Creek. Especially from Magnum, but even by bottle, this wine is still young. That said, it also drinks well young, so don't be deterred. Purple in color with some ruby hues, opaque and bright. The nose has plums, raspberries, roasted meats and herbs and just a bit of spices. Full bodied. Lush texture. On the palate, plenty of fruit; raspberries, black raspberries, and plums, along with spice and some earthiness. Good acidity. Long finish. This is delicious
This wine is proof that Paso Robles can make world class Cabernets (in addition to Rhone Varietals). The Daou brothers second vintage of this wine is very young but easily could be a 100 pointer with some bottle age and development. As it, it is outstanding right now. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, chocolate, graphite, cigar tobacco, and cedar. Great texture. Firm tannins. Concentrated. Nice balance. On the palate, concentrated cassis with graphite, and chocolate and slight tobacco. It unwinds in the glass. Long finish. If drinking
This is a blend of 67% Syrah, 21% Grenache, and 12% Terret Noir. Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, black raspberries, black licorice, spice and smoke. Medium to full bodied. Well balanced. On the palate, this drinks very easy. Black cherries and black raspberries with a bit of black licorice and pepper. Nice finish. An interesting wine but also an enjoyable one. Drink over the next seven to ten years. This is nice on its own and will work well with food. A nice choice for a burger or meatloaf.
2018 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas, USA, California, Paso Robles, Adelaida District, Wine Review
This is a blend of 66% Roussanne, 21% Grenache Blanc, 8% Picpoul Blanc, 3% Picardin and 2% Clairette Blanche. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has pears, peaches, some minerality and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, pears and peaches with good acidity. A roundness of the wine makes it very accessible. Long finish. Still youthful, there is plenty of depth and complexity. White Rhone varietals are notoriously difficult to guess an ageing curve, but this should easily have a decade left. It worked quite well with a Caprese Salad and also Guacamole.
2018 Patrimony Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Paso Robles, Adelaida District, Wine Review
This is an interesting wine. It is made by the two brothers who own Daou Vineyards from their very best vines in the mountains west of the 101 Freeway and retails for a very high price. It is their intention with this wine to show that Paso Robles is also capable of producing world class Cabernet Sauvignon. It is certainly the highest priced wine from Paso Robles that I have heard of. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is interesting and unique. Cassis, coffee, iodine, sandalwood, and chicory. Full bodied but not overblown. As one would expect from mountain fruit, th
From Magnum. 54% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 11% Mourvedre. Opened and allowed to breather for a few hours prior to serving. Inky purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, blueberries, char, and white pepper. Full bodied. Delicious. On the palate, ever so slightly ripe/sweet black raspberries with some cassis and underlying char. Deep. Lush texture. Great balance. Long finish. Still on the younger side of mature at least from Magnum. Another few years and should be good for ten to fifteen more after that. Great on its own, this will work with ribs or full flavor
Sadly this was slightly corked. No fruit due to the TCA, but the texture was great and the potpourri notes were evident. It happens.
This is the Tablas Creek version of a Chateauneuf du Pape. It is a blend of 46% Mourvedre, 31% Syrah, 18% Grenache, and 5% Counoise grapes. At age 5 from vintage, this is drinking great already. The nose has plums, black cherries, spice with a touch of funk. Full bodied with a great texture. Red and purple fruits; black cherries, cherries and boysenberries with a nice underlying minerality. Nice finish. This is still young and should develop more over the next five years or so, and drink well for ten more after that. It drinks great on its own and would work well with roasted meats
This is a blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 15% Terret Noir grapes. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper and roasted herbs. Full bodied with firm tannins. On the palate, black raspberries with some char underneath. Delicious. Nice acidity. Long finish. They Syrah is dominating now but this should gain some complexity with a few more years in bottle. Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years. This would work great with Indian or Thai food with a bit of spice.