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2012 Tablas Creek Roussanne
- Central Coast
- Paso Robles
Community Tasting Notes 13
DaveZack Likes this wine: (92 points)
August 11, 2016 - We received this bottle from Tablas Creek’s (T.C.) wine club in March, 2014. This varietal is always one of the key, crucial, and significant varietals used in T.C.’s best-of-the-best white blends. The other single varietal bottlings we’ve received over the years were 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. The 2010 vintage might have suffered from frost damage that might/could have reduced vineyard production (and perhaps 100% of their production was only used in their usual white blends).
The bouquet for this significant Rhone/Chateauneuf-du-Pape varietal is quite subtle; perhaps I didn’t use the proper vessel/glass. Flavor-wise, a TOTALLY different story; this is a deliciously complex and somewhat rare varietal to most people. Since we’ve been T.C. Vinsiders (their term for wine club members) for almost eight years, I’ve become very familiar and “educated” with Rhone varietals that most Americans don’t know much about.
For anybody who likes but is getting tired of drinking Chardonnay all the time, this varietal (especially T.C.’s 2012 vintage) would be a perfect starting point to “venture-out” to try another varietal that is somewhat similar but different and more complex. This beauty has typical tropical, stone, and white fruit flavors, such as apple, pear, pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, and papaya elements, along with very subtle dried herb elements as well. On the finish, a butterscotch character dances on the tongue, along with some baking spices (thanks to the oak). The wine pours a bit darker than normal/usual and is very rich and creamy, along with fabulous and food-friendly structural elements, such as palate-cleansing and slightly “zippy” tannins. The finish lingers nicely and elegantly for minutes, keeping one’s taste buds busy and active as heck.
This wine paired beautifully with one of my white protein “Usual Suspects” (baked chicken thighs spiced with CostCo’s Simply Asia spice blend). This delicious beauty paired nicely with the chicken and spice blend and would pair well with just about any chicken dish, along with medium-bodied seafood dishes. This wine is fabulously delicious/complex and exhibits sweet/ripe/delicious fruit elements along with subtle dried herb elements, rich and creamy oakiness (though the oak element isn’t obvious and/or overpowering), all beautifully harmonized with the wine’s structural elements that result in a fabulous and delicious wine that has deep and complex flavor characteristics. This wine is drinking PERFECTLY right now and has the structural elements that should allow it to continue to age/mature/develop beautifully for another 2-to-5 years. Once again, if you like Chardonnay but need to try something different (but slightly similar), I highly recommend “going” with T.C.’s Roussanne. I can’t WAIT to “move on” to T.C.’s 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (we have two bottles and that always fabulous blend consists of 75% Roussanne, along with other Rhone/Chateauneuf-du-Pape varietals).
I consider T.C. to EASILY be the best winery in America, because they have a huge variety of wines (white single varietals, white blends, roses, red single varietals, and red blends, along with dessert wines that I’ve never tried) that are ALWAYS good-to-great-to-awesome. President Obama should reward Robert and Jason Haas (T.C.’s founder and son/manager) medals of honor for establishing and running the best winery in America. If I were to win one of those massive lotteries, I would LOVE to “empty-out” T.C.’s inventory/cellar.
wilypod Likes this wine: (89 points)
April 26, 2016 - Day 1 Beautiful golden yellow, very ripe in character. Delivers a fat mouthful of flavor but without the finesse and complexity of the 2012 Esprit blanc. Decant, let it breathe for an hour to develop aromatics, then chill it about 20-30 minutes to cool it down to about 55 F. Medium long finish. Worked well with Goan fish curry. 5 + 10 + 17 + 7
Day 2 TBD Still good. A little more floral and peachy.
bbcc66 Likes this wine: (90 points)
February 13, 2016 - Decanted for 1 hr. The first glass was minerally & earthy (not that there's anything wrong with that). As it opened up more, tropical fruits & smooth mouthfeel really came forward. Really smooth & easy to drink. Wish I would have decanted it more than 1 hr. Drank over 3 hrs. Was fun to see it evolve as it opened up. Delicious.1 person found this helpful Comment
tb_baltimore wrote: (90 points)
December 31, 2015 - Drinking well right now -- improved with time out of bottle with it becoming more well integrated --
WG198 Likes this wine: (91 points)
August 16, 2015 - Rich full bodied white. Excellent by itself or with a Mahi Mahi dish.
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- Vintage 2012
- Type White
- Producer Tablas Creek
- Varietal Roussanne
- Designation n/a
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Central Coast
- Appellation Paso Robles
- UPC Code 089419251012
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 259 (57%)
- Consumed 197 (43%)
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