Saturday nite's alright for...tasting: Used this wine in a blind tasting lineup, against 2 Chards. Clocking in at 13% abv, this wine was less obvious and alcoholic than I was expecting. Half the attendees liked it as their WOTN. It was 3rd out of 3 for me. Spice and pear, red delicious apple skin and some chalk. Well bridled acidity in what I thought would be a more oily and viscous presentation. A very good wine, good complexity at this price point, I think it mixed some folks up nicely at the tasting, so it did it's job. Drink now through 2017+.
We got this bottle from Tablas Creek’s (T.C.) wine club back in September 2012. Even though their vintage chart lists this wine as too hot/young, since it’s the oldest white wine we own, I decided to go ahead and open it anyway since we’ve had the bottle for almost three years and the grapes were harvested almost four years ago. The bouquet exhibits mostly smoke, earth, and oak elements. The second I popped the cork, the aromas/bouquet jumped out of the bottle and practically tackled my olfactory sensors. In addition to the smoke, earth, and oak, there’s a slight floral element as well. The bouquet clearly hints at some of the flavor profiles as well. There is indeed some serious smoke and earthy elements in the flavor profile, though flavor-wise, the oak doesn’t truly add to the profile (flavor-wise). 99.999999999999% of the fruit elements are similar to quince, pear, and apple. The secondary elements are the previously-mentioned smoke and earth (via mostly a mineral/stony essence). Next up to the plate are dried herbs and a significant amount of white pepper. There’s a slight waxy element as well, which adds to the wine’s “weight” and “heft.” Thanks to the wine’s white pepper, stoniness, and structural elements, the food-friendly and palate-cleansing essence makes this white a fabulous food-friendly wine with a significant, lingering finish. This beauty is rich and creamy, with significant structure (tannins and acidity). This is also a serious medium-bodied white that should be paired with “serious” proteins. I paired this wine with seared scallops, and the wine paired beautifully. This white would also pair well with just about any/all seafoods (salmon, crab, lobster, mussels, clams, medium-to-heavy-bodied white fishes, etc.). I suppose this wine would also pair well with rich, vegetable-based creamy soups, as well as quiches and other tart-like appetizers and/or main courses. Like all of T.C.’s wines, this beauty has the structural elements to last for many years. Even though their vintage chart lists this wine as too young, I think it’s drinking pretty well right now, but thanks to its structure, it probably would/could last for many more years (perhaps up to ten more years?!?!?!). As usual for T.C., this is a VERY interesting and deeply-flavored and complexly-flavored/structured white that is drinking well right now and will probably continue to drink well for many years to come.
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.
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.
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