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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 12 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2012 vintage.)
ProducerTablas Creek (web)
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles
UPC Code(s)089419251012

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 10 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 36 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by dlduchon on 7/29/2015 & rated 87 points: Quite austere at first, but opened up with air and food. Enjoyable with a mildly spicy fish dish. Decent wine but TC's blends are far superior. Interesting to taste the variety on its own. Holding up well and should continue to do so. (82 views)
 Tasted by robrats on 7/8/2015 & rated 90 points: Very tasty. Held up well against the two Chards that we had. (174 views)
 Tasted by tward on 7/7/2015 & rated 87 points: I like it, but it was probably better in my Dec. 2012 review. This seems to have gone as far as it's going to go. It doesn't have lots of complexity, just kind of the fruit and minerality and a bit of a bitterness to it. Still, it is a nice enough wine, pleasing, and somewhat versatile. (188 views)
 Tasted by urban_dk on 7/5/2015 & rated 85 points: An unorthodox Roussanne, displaying strong minerality and tart citrus. The stone fruit component I associate with the grape is lacking. Not my idea of what a white Rhone varietal should taste like. (186 views)
 Tasted by vino_per_tutti on 6/2/2014 & rated 89 points: Somewhat unexpected floral and mineral notes on the nose (none of that carmel, nuttiness of a typical roussanne); white peach, stone fruit and nectar on the palate. Good acid. Tasty. (1192 views)
 Tasted by JDRFoster on 4/21/2014 & rated 90 points: Yellow to pale gold, slightly cloudy, this Roussane is filled with ripe white peach and nectarine flavors, with slightly bitter lemon and orange zest, lots of floral components, and a spicy medium finish. Very nice and quite interesting. (1048 views)
 Tasted by tb_baltimore on 9/14/2013 & rated 90 points: As noted by other reviews, another intriguing, verging on outstanding wine from Tablas Creek. To my tastes the dominant sense was of minerals, followed by a slight bit of honey and pear. The fruit flavor was much restrained and the overall balance, and mouth feel, was pleasant, while not overly strong or hitting you in the face. This paired well with sushi and we shared it with friends for a birthday lunch. I can't judge if it would have continued to age well, it felt like this was at the best of its form. This, to my taste, would have been better in one of the blends that Tablas Creek perfects, rather than on its own. (1413 views)
 Tasted by bbcc66 on 8/31/2013: I think (hope) this was a bad bottle. If not, I rate it a 69. Tasted extremely tart and minerally. Dumped after 2 glasses. Kept in wine fridge before opening. (1286 views)
 Tasted by rplumbo on 8/28/2013 & rated 92 points: Dark golden color. Pretty. Bright and full of energy. Last bottle. Paired well with a salad from the garden. (1492 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 8/17/2013 & rated 90 points: Light medium yellow color; almond, saline nose; almond, saline, tart green apple, cream palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (532 views)
 Tasted by Tom Warden on 7/8/2013 & rated 90 points: Somewhat bold yet fruity and pleasing. Beautiful golden color plus a bit of minerality...quite nice. (1062 views)
 Tasted by SonomaWilliam on 6/1/2013 & rated 90 points: amazing aromatics. Wonderful now,but so much potential to unlock with cellaring. Sitting on the rest. (1025 views)
 Tasted by snaff on 4/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Rich yellow in color. Green apples and pear on the nose. Viscous mouthfeel with ripe melon a bit of hay and a lingering finish hinting of dried apricot. Delightful. (811 views)
 Tasted by SeenMyKeyz on 4/7/2013 & rated 89 points: LOVE anything from Tablas Creek - this Rousanne was smooth with notes of grapefruit, honeysuckle. Beautiful white wine - we drank with shrimp scampi. (794 views)
 Tasted by firstgrowth on 4/2/2013 & rated 90 points: Excellent with pasta with pesto sauce. Citrus, heavy, tasty & complex. (909 views)
 Tasted by Mpoob on 1/22/2013: '13-'23, Tablas Creek (1189 views)
 Tasted by tward on 12/16/2012: The jury is still out on this recent bottling. The nose is nuanced and pretty. The body seems a bit hollowed out and leaves me a bit unsatisfied. Still, quite nice. Tentative '88'. (1072 views)
 Tasted by bzell on 11/30/2012 & rated 82 points: I find this wine very difficult to rate particularly after reading some of the other reviews. The wine has a beautiful color, very pleasant aromas of honey, pineapples and spice with very long legs. In the mouth this is were I at have a difficult problem rating this wine. The wine has a great feel in the mouth but not much flavor except for some nice acidity which does linger for a while. I like Roussanne and I am a big fan of Tablas Creek but this wine does not do it for me. (1043 views)
 Tasted by Annie1 on 11/25/2012 & rated 87 points: Opened accidentally, thinking I was opening a bottle of Antithesis...I would have held this longer. Pears and honeysuckle, pears and honeysuckle. Very nice but I'm sure it would have presented even better if cellared for a year or so. (1239 views)
 Tasted by THA on 11/24/2012: The texture and feel of a New World Chardonnay, but the flavors of a Sauvignon Blanc. Interesting. But, in my opinion, I prefer one or the other -- not a hybrid of the best of both worlds. Also has a unpleasant background note of insect repellant -- which I admit completely dissipated after a couple of hours of air. Recommended for the intellectual value, but not an enthusiastic endorsement. Bravo for the 13% alcohol. (1066 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 10/15/2012 & rated 90 points: Color: bright straw yellow with slight cloudiness. Nice nose on PnP of grapefruit, lychee, and a deft, light touch of oak. Palate displayed tasty elements of lemongrass, minerality, limes. Lively acidity and good structure; hoping for just a little more length in the finish. Shows excellent varietal typicity. More european and lighter on its feet that some of the more extracted roussannes I've had from California. All in all, very nice. (1151 views)
 Tasted by Redguy on 10/7/2012 & rated 92 points: Bright with great energy, especially for a Paso roussanne. Med+ body and structured... CdP like with its serious demeanor. Grassy pears, white flowers, honeysuckle, cool minerality, and some nice savory elements. Bright and delicious though this is begging for some short to mid term cellaring. Nice balance between structure/ageability and current generosity. Outstanding white. 91-92+ (1249 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Paso Robles and Points South (Jul 2014)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Paso Robles and Beyond: Excellence in 2011 (Jul 2013)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #12 (6/23/2012)
(Tablas Creek Roussanne) Login and sign up and see review text.   90-93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/17/2013)
(Tablas Creek Roussanne) Light medium yellow color; almond, saline nose; almond, saline, tart green apple, cream palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points  90 points
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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.

2011 Tablas Creek Roussanne

(Fall 2012 Tablas Wine Club notes)

PRODUCTION NOTES: Although 2011's spring frosts largely spared the notoriously late-sprouting Roussanne, yields were still low, and these low yields combined with the unusally cool growing season to produce structured Roussanne with good acidity, suitable for aging. The lots selected for this bottling were fermented 50% in foudre, 35% in small, older neutral oak barrels, and 15% in new demi-muids, then were blended and aged in foudre. 620 cases produced.

TASTING NOTES: Aromas of grilled bread, pear, pine resin and wite flowers. The mouth is classic structured Roussanne, rich yet savory with flavors of butterscotch, thyme, white chocolate, and just a touch of oak. Still a baby, this is a serious white to age (for up to a decade) and serve with substantial food like roast pork.

PRESS: Rhone Report 90-93 points (6/12)


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