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2004 Tablas Creek Rosé (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Tablas Creek Vineyard   details
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: rose
Varietal: Mourvèdre - Grenache - Counoise
Maturity: Mature
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$21.60
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Tasting Notes:
rated: March 16, 2005 , Catherine Granger
3.5 stars "A rosé that tastes like a Bandol. Very fruity nose. On the palate, perfectly dry and fresh. A perfect summer wine to drink with Provencal tomato-based dishes."
rated: September 15, 2005 , Tablas Creek Vineyard
"The Tablas Creek Vineyard Rosé 2004 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 72 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 saignees (bleedings) from other Mourvèdre lots in the cellar. The 2004 Rosé is rich, ripe, and full of spice and fruit. It has aromatics of sage and juniper, as well as white plum and watermelon, flavors of ripe strawberries, fresh acidity and a lingering finish. Pair it with Mediterranean cuisine, Spanish tapas, preparations with garlic and olive oil... or just enjoy it outside on a sunny day."
rated: February 9, 2006 , Robert Parker
91 points "The finest California rose may emerge from Tablas Creek. Their 2004 Rose, a dead-ringer for a California version of Tavel, is a full-throttle, big, exuberant, dry example bursting with character. Fashioned from 62% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, and 10% Counoise, its deep pink color is followed by a stunning nose of plums, raspberries, and figs. Full-bodied, with superb fruit as well as tremendous crispness and authority, this is amazing stuff. However, like virtually all roses, it is best consumed during its first 12 months of life to take advantage of its aromatics and fresh flavors." Best 2006-
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