Daily Wine 6/27/17:
Tablas Creek Vineyard – Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc – Paso Robles – 2004
- This wine is a blend of 65% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 5% Picpoul Blanc.
- Tablas Creek’s Esprit de Beaucastel uses estate-grown varietals that have propagated from the cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate in Châteauneuf du Pape.
- The estate vineyard is 120-acres and certified organic. Purchased in 1989, the hilly terrain, climate, and soils shared similarities to Châteauneuf du Pape.
- Grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented with native yeasts. Each grape was fermented separately before being blended. All the wines went through malolactic fermentation, adding richness and creaminess to the wines.
- All of the bottles were aged in the winery for nine months prior to release.
- Tablas Creek Vineyard is located in Paso Robles and is the result of a friendship between the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, the founder of Vineyard Brands.
- Only varieties from the Rhone Valley are used.
- Much of the vineyards are slowly being converted to biodynamic farming.
- Tablas Creek also has their own on-site nursery. They sell vines to other wineries and plant their own vineyards from it.
- Pair this with cooked shellfish, grilled vegetables, salmon, or stir fry.