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| ||Tasted by drrobvino on 4/26/2013 & rated 91 points: PnP and enjoyed while prepping dinner.|
This wine is clear in appearance, light straw color, fading to a watery rim.
The nose is in good condition, and is in a developing stage, showing off med intensity aromas of green apple skin, lemons, w gravel, and a zing of white pepper.
The palate shows off a dry wine, med/med(-) in body, med/med(-) in alcohol (listed at 13.1% abv). Flavors here are med intensity lemon curds, green apple, and lime, with a hint of minerality and gentle spicy zing. There is bright med(+) acidity, and med length finish that is tart green apple skin and chalky minerality.
This is a very good quality, quite delicious Calif Vermentino, drinking well now, and will probably continue to drink well another year or 2, but it is so nice now, I wouldn't wait any longer myself. (2493 views)
| ||Tasted by bbakove on 3/18/2013 & rated 89 points: Mineral notes on the nose, along with citrus leaf, lime flower and an initial low end funky quality that needed time and a bit of cooling (58 to 50 degrees f) to burn off. All the aromas carried over to the palate. In the mouth, an initial impression of sweet citrus and white peach quickly turns crisp, with just a hint of tropical fruit, and a medium, clean, mineral-laced finish. (2315 views)|
| ||Tasted by wine-strategies on 2/23/2013: Served double-blind at a CT offline. My notes/experience is consistent with Loren Grossman's, which is to say I enjoyed it. In fact, when it was revealed I certainly wasn't expecting TC, but then I'm not surprised, either. How nice that they keep it affordable (~ $20), too. recommended, 13,1% abv (2329 views)|
| ||Tasted by Xfactor on 1/19/2013 & rated 84 points: Citrus rind, subtle throughout. No backbone as anticipated, but a youthful take on a less common varietal. 84/C+ = 50/4/9/7/8/6 (2527 views)|
| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 11/15/2012 & rated 89 points: TN: Barbaresco, Barolo, Ridge + (Pranzos): I really like this wine. Its been a while since I have had the opportunity to try it. Light golden in color. Very mineral driven nose, also has some tangerine and a bit of lanolin. On the palate, the minerality follows thru. Some citrus. Slight bitter note in a good way. Very nice mouth-feel. Food friendly. (3148 views)|
| ||Tasted by dino_mike on 10/3/2012 & rated 89 points: Very well balanced crisp, lightly floral white wine. Perfect now. (1206 views)|
| ||Tasted by Martin Redmond on 7/21/2012 & rated 89 points: Light straw yellow-gold color with citrus leaf, wet stone, and a hints of honeysuckle aromas. On the palate, it approaches medium-bodied and well balanced crisp acidity and citrus, lime peel, and mineral flavors. Medium finish.|
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| ||Tasted by bunkie on 7/8/2012 & rated 88 points: A light white, with little on the nose, but refreshing on a hot day. (1512 views)|
| ||Tasted by JDRFoster on 6/19/2012 & rated 90 points: Incisive mineral core with citrus, tropical fruit, and green apple notes. (1441 views)|
| ||Tasted by jsherdc on 5/29/2012 & rated 90 points: Lemon and Pineapple. Makes me think of the sea. (1470 views)|
| ||Tasted by Oakjeff on 3/3/2012 & rated 87 points: This is one of those whites that has that effervescence that some young whites have. Almost like carbonation. It is something I never like. But, it fades with some air time, yielding a very dry and somewhat stony white. Decent substitute for a Sauv Blanc. (1779 views)|
| ||Tasted by iWineReport on 11/25/2011 & rated 90 points: This 2010 Vermentino from Tablas Creek is a great example of the variteal striving outside its native Mediterranean soils. Offering a mix of topical fruits, banana, wet stone, citrus zest and a vein of fresh minerality straight through the finish. Very nicely structured and balanced with lots going on. This is an outstanding wine from Tablas Creek and a pleasure to drink. (2317 views)|
| ||Tasted by christophee on 11/12/2011 & rated 89 points: Clear and lite in the glass. Citrus, eucalypts and maple syrup on the nose. Lite body with citrus, pear and green apple on the palate. Round and soft melon fruit and delicate minerality. Med-short finish. (2193 views)|
| ||Tasted by Redguy on 10/8/2011 & rated 88 points: Lightly floral nose with lemon chiffon, apples and minerals. This comes off as very light and elegant in the mouth but has very good penetration of lemon chiffon, green apples, pineapples, and coconut cream. Very good acidity keeps things zippy with lots of creamy minerality on the mid palate and a short but satisfying finish. Nice wine and a good compliment to food, though I'd go for their Cote de Tablas Blanc at the same price.. (2341 views)|
| ||Tasted by jonahfactor on 10/1/2011 & rated 90 points: "Sophisticated" and "Vermentino" don't usually belong in the same sentence together, except here. Beautiful rendition of a varietal that's off most people's radar. Nicely integrated, almost understated. Subtle lemon zest, McIntosh apples set upon a minerally, liquid stones base. Went perfect with a dinner of tilapia with tomatoes and capers. (2316 views)|
| ||Tasted by DaveZack on 9/2/2011 & rated 90 points: Got this bottle from the winery’s wine club for $21.60 (retail price is $27) and drank with Tyler Florence’s Spaghetti with Oven-Baked Clams (clams with white wine, tomatoes, basil, and bacon (the recipe calls for pancetta, but as we all know, bacon is a VERY viable alternative to pancetta). For whatever reason, I HATE spaghetti, so we used linguine, which is my favorite noodle.|
According to TC’s website, this wine is at peak maturity (according to their vintage chart), which is why we opened this bottle tonight (their website also lists “linguine with clams” as one of the perfect pairing foods for this wine).
The bouquet is mostly minerals and citrus fruits, especially lemon curd, along with hints/suggestions of cream. This varietal is known for its citrusy/minerally characteristics and this bottle does NOT disappoint.
Up front is a Riesling/Pinot Grigio-like mineraliness; imagine a bucket of crushed rocks and pebbles with mineral water filled-up to the brim. That should give a representative account of just about how much the minerals prop-up the essence and structure of this wine. After the “rocks,” citrus fruits (mostly lemon) and herbaceous elements prevail (in a very Sauvignon Blanc sort of way). The wine has FANTASTIC acids and crispness that allowed it to pair beautifully with the pasta and clams. Although there’s a hint/suggestion of cream, this wine was obviously fermented in stainless steel. At 13.1% alcohol, this is a wonderfully brisk, clean, and pure white with a firm backbone that would allow (invite?) this wine to pair beautifully with clams-on-the-halfshell, a chilled shellfish platter, or just about any fresh/raw seafood dish (sushi included).
If you’ve never had a Vermentino, this wine is very similar to Pinto Grigio/Gris, Riesling, and Grenache Blanc. The wine is loaded with minerals and citrus fruit, is (as usual for Tablas Creek) made in an elegant and sophisticated fashion, and is food-friendly to a degree that most wines could only hope to be. This wine went PERFECTLY with the linguine with clams; the brininess and acids in the pasta dish (especially the clams and tomatoes) matched wonderfully with the wine’s acids, minerals, and citrus fruits. As I’ve said a million times, if you’re tired and/or fed-up with the Usual White Suspects (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), this wine (when paired with the right food) is a WONDERFUL alternative. VERY nice job, Tablas (meaning, Neil Collins and crew)! (2435 views)
| ||Tasted by bambam on 8/22/2011 & rated 88 points: Family Winemakers 2011 SF; 8/21/2011-8/22/2011 (San Francisco, Fort Mason): I liked this. Crisp clean fruit with some lemon and sweet tart apples. Clean and crisp. A good summer party wine. (2639 views)|
| ||Tasted by mcubed on 8/19/2011 & rated 89 points: Really enjoyed this for what it is. Light, crisp, played nicely against mesquite pork tenderloin. (2350 views)|
| ||Tasted by Redguy on 8/17/2011 & rated 86 points: A light crisp and refreshing summer type wine. Lemon, apple and pear with some typical TC creamy minerality showing up on the mid palate. Short but concise finish with very good acidity - it really cleans up after itself. Lacks substance to stand up to most foods. A very good summer guzzler, just not a very good QPR at $24. (2409 views)|
| ||Tasted by Martin Redmond on 7/16/2011 & rated 88 points: Light straw color with stone fruit, citrus and slight floral aromas. On the palate crisp with bright acidity, and well structured with citrus and a touch of stone fruit flavors. Clean medium finish. (2596 views)|
| ||Tasted by kenhoeve on 7/14/2011 & rated 87 points: Apple, pear, and mineral on the nose, with a hint of apple blossom. Good minerality, maybe a touch sweet, with crisp apple, peach/pear on the palate. I found I needed to cool this below cellar temp to get the slightly out of balance acidity/alcohol to resolve. Refreshing, overall very good. (2614 views)|
| ||Tasted by tward on 7/12/2011 & rated 89 points: No notes taken, had several days ago, but enjoyed very much. It had a great profile of bright aromatics and a firm body with modest acidity with some minerality and a clean finish. (2392 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sakas on 7/8/2011 & rated 90 points: Really enjoying this. Citrus, stone fruits, and a strong minerality that if tasted blind would make me think it was old world. This is a perfect summer white, wish I had brought home more. Not the best QPR in the world but as I said, wish I had more. Best on night one, drink this in the near term. (2498 views)|
| ||Tasted by Blue Shorts on 6/15/2011 & rated 89 points: Crisp, clean, apple, pear and lemon nose and flavors. Nice acid level. This is a fun, summer drinker. Good QPR Would likely pair well with strawberries and citrus fruits. (2715 views)|
| ||Tasted by hubas on 6/11/2011 & rated 83 points: A very aromatic wine with citrus and apple balanced by a nice acidity (2641 views)|
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Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
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Tablas Creek Producer website
Tablas Creek Vineyard, founded by the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands, is dedicated to growing grape varieties traditional to France's Rhone Valley. The partners chose hilly western Paso Robles for its limestone soils, rugged terrain, and ocean influence. All Tablas Creek wines are estate grown using environmentally sustainable practices.
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