New organic wines from California’s Tablas Creek

Liberty Wines is delighted to be appointed UK and Ireland agent for Tablas Creek, pioneer of California’s Rhône movement.

Tablas Creek was established 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 travelling 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.

Named after the small creek which flows through the estate, the vineyards in west Paso Robles sit 450 metres above sea level, where hot and sunny days are tempered by cool nights, resulting in fully ripe grapes with fresh acidity. The sites are entirely dry-farmed and the estate has been certified organic since 2003 and biodynamic since 2017. Tablas Creek has also recently become the first winery to attain Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC), a certification dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming, with an emphasis on climate change and reforming agriculture.

The Wines:

French slang for ‘neighbourhood’, the ‘Patelin de Tablas’ wines are accessible Rhône-style blends. The fruit is sourced from neighbouring sites they know and respect, all of which were planted with cuttings from the Tablas Creek nursery and are farmed sustainably.

Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2018

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Clairette Blanche. Aged in stainless steel, it displays aromas of citrus blossom and white stone fruit with a refreshing salinity on the finish.

Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2018

Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and a small proportion of Counoise and Terret Noir make up the blend for the Rouge. It has a Syrah-driven nose with aromas of black olive and liquorice, and a juicy core of spiced blackberry.

Tablas Creek Paso Robles Rousanne 2018

Only produced in exceptional vintages from the estate vineyards, the Roussanne is aged in a mixture of foudres, neutral oak puncheons and 10% in small new barriques. It has a distinctive textural grip, with layers of honeysuckle, citrus peel and sweet spice.

Tablas Creek Paso Robles Mourvèdre 2018 
Aged for one year in French oak foudres, it is vibrant and spicy with notes of bramble fruit, plum and chalky tannins. 

The ‘Esprit de Tablas’ wines are the estate’s flagship blends, modelled on the Château de Beaucastel red and white. The wines are a selection of the vintage’s best lots and produced from 100% estate grown fruit on calcareous shale soils.

Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2017
A Roussanne-based blend with Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Clairette and Picardan. Aged for eight months in foudres, it is a complex wine with aromas of acacia and cinnamon spice, and rich texture.

Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2017
Capable of ageing for a further two decades, the Rouge is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. It displays intense notes of wood smoke, black cherry and a meaty complexity. 

If you would like to know more about these wines, please get in touch with your usual contact.