My Wine of the Week (“WoW”) for July 14-July 20 is the 2010 Tablas Creek Vermentino.
Tablas Creek (“TCV”) is probably the best-known of all Paso Robles wineries specializing in Rhone style wines. It is a partnership between Robert Haas, and Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf du Pape region in France. What I find interesting about TCV is that they specifically chose to establish themselves in Paso Robles because of the similarities of the soil conditions and climate of Paso Robles to Chateauneuf du Pape. They went as far as to import vines from Chateauneuf du Pape. The vines were propagated and grafted in their on-site nursery and used to plant their 120 acre organic vineyards. Check the full story here
If you’re not familiar with the Vermentino grape, it’s believed to be Spanish in origin, though the best examples come from the islands of Sardinia, Corsica, and northern Italy. It is also grown in France where it is known as Rolle, where it is used primarily as a blending grape in Côtes de Provence, and increasingly in the Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. It is known for its crisp acidity, citrus and mineral aromas, and refreshing finish. It pairs well with just about any seafood, oysters on the half-shell, seafood linguine, cioppino, pesto dishes or grilled Mediterranean vegetables. It’s a classic example of the wine of a place being a reflection of that place – in this case the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, along with Liguria in the coastal region of north-western Italy where fresh seafood abounds.
The 2010 vintage was the ninth bottling of Vermentino for TCV. The grapes for this wine are grown on their estate vineyard.
My tasting notes follow:
Light straw yellow-gold color with citrus leaf, wet stone, and a hints of honeysuckle aromas. On the palate, it approaches medium-bodied and is well-balanced with crisp acidity. It’s bursting with citrus, lime peel, and mineral flavors. Medium finish.
Recommendation: Highly recommended. It’s a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc!
Alcohol: 13.1% alcohol.
Closure: Screw cap.
Varietal(s): 100% Vermentino
Cooperage: Stainless Steel
Cases produced: 1,235
- Tablas Creek is a finalist for “Best Winery Blog” in the 2012 Wine Blog Awards (tablascreek.typepad.com)
- Grapes of the Rhone Valley (sort of): Vermentino (tablascreek.typepad.com)