Tablas Creek was established in 1987 by two leading wine families: the Perrin family, founders of Château de Beaucastel, and the Haas family, owners of the US importer Vineyard Brands. After many years traveling the States together to promote the Perrin wines, Robert Haas and Jacques Perrin agreed that California’s Mediterranean climate was ideally suited to the Rhône’s native grape varieties and decided to establish their own estate. In 1989, they purchased a 50-hectare parcel in west Paso Robles, where the shallow, rocky and limestone-rich soils are based on the same geologic origins as the Beaucastel vineyards. Located twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Tablas Creek Vineyard is named after the small creek which flows through the estate. The vineyards are on average 450 metres above sea level, where hot and sunny days are tempered by cool nights, resulting in fully ripe grapes with fresh acidity. Tablas Creek took the decision to import cuttings from the Beaucastel estate. They established their own nursery, with grafting facilities, to propagate their cuttings which were used to replant the estate vineyards. The sites are dry-farmed, and the estate has been certified organic since 2003 and biodynamic since 2017. Reinforcing the estate’s commitment to sustainability, Tablas Creek became the first winery to attain Regenerative Organic Certification in 2020. Their intention is to ensure the purest vineyard and vintage expression.
It has a Syrah-driven nose with aromas of black olive, liquorice and woodsmoke. On the palate, it displays a juicy core of spiced blackberry and plum. The finish is refreshing with bright acidity and fine-grained tannins.
This wine has lifted aromas of ripe pear, caramel and candied peel. There is a distinctive textural grip on the palate, with layers of honeysuckle, citrus and sweet spice, leading to a long and complex finish.
The nose is vibrant and spicy with aromas of bramble fruit, plum and allspice. On the palate Mourvèdre's opulent fruit profile mingles with more earthy notes of dried herbs and liquorice. The long finish is structured by chalky tannins and a fine bead of acidity. This is a wine that will reward patient cellaring.
The nose displays aromas of citrus blossom and white peach. There is a refreshing salinity on the mid-palate, complemented by juicy stone fruit and taut acidity.
This wine displays complex aromas of acacia, cinnamon spice and jasmine. Notes of ripe stone fruit and baked pear emerge on the palate. Its rich texture, from time in oak, is balanced by the wine’s bright acidity.
Intense aromas of wood smoke, black cherry and violet entice on the nose. The palate displays Grenache's juicy red fruit profile, then deepens into notes of cassis, chocolate and liquorice. The finish is concentrated and structured with mouthcoating tannins and a meaty complexity.