June 28, 2019 - 2007 Tablas Creek Grenache $27 in private cellar liquidation sale. Mid-garnet, brick edges; peppery, strawberry jam, hyacinth nose; mid-body; balanced; some style; good fruit and flavor; round finish; a little hot (15.3 alc.).
December 8, 2018 - Had difficulty removing cork as it crumbled while extracting. Decanted, then had to strain it thru cheese cloth to remove all the very small cork pieces. However, it was very good once it was ready to drink.
April 15, 2018 - Recently purchased from a reputable retailer. (Maybe they picked it up from a cellar purchase / auction program they have?) Whereas I've found many Tablas Syrahs more Northern Rhone, this Grenache was Sud all the way, a ringer for a very nice CdP or environs. I've got a bit of a love-hate with the ripe-nearly-baked style, but this pulls it off perfectly. It is the earth that's baked, not the fruit. Rich and high octane (15.3%) but perfectly contained, showing with dried herbs and spices along with plums and baked cherry. This is ready to drink!
July 12, 2017 - Very big wine at a nice point in its evolution. Would live to try again in another 5-10 years, unfortunately this was my only bottle
November 26, 2016 - Drinking beautifully right now. Last time I had this bottle was 4 years ago. I said it would drink nicely through 2018. I was right. It is perfect now, lovely. Drink it up.
September 21, 2015 - Like JONAHFACTOR's, this bottle was not stored under ideal cellar conditions, but it was treated pretty well and it was ready to drink and perhaps just past its prime, yet it was really wonderful and evolved over hours of enjoyment. Took no notes a couple of nights ago, but it showed darker and deeper tones - if you'd have told me there was some Mourvedre in there I'd have believed you. Dark red color, small amount of bricking. A nose that showed dried herbs, red fruits, and a touch of earth. Though the brightness faded over time it was replaced with layered depth, dark and blue fruits, baked earth, some meat and even some smoke. A really nice wine.
May 22, 2015 - w roast chicken. Not very exciting. Nice dark grenache color and Nose pretty good but right on palate it was flat. The winery website says dumbphase, which may be trueso i should not haveopened. Not sure though because it was only soso throughout. Fruit missing??
December 13, 2014 - Deep ruby red on the eye. Red fruit on the nose. The same with the addition of limestone on the palate. Pleasantly tannic finish.
December 13, 2014 - (Signed by winemaker Neil Collins) Bejeweled ruby red with a robust necklace in the glass, but throwing off some grainy sediment that clings to the sides. Not as aromatic as I would have expected from a Grenache, with mineral and dark pitted fruit notes. But picks up steam on the palate with kirsch and blackberry/boysenberry notes, followed by hints of tar and dark smoke. Finishes full and spicy. This wasn't stored in the cellar (heavy bottle that doesn't fit the racks) so this one was open for business and probably won't get better. I'd wait another year or two if you've stored yours at cellar temp.
September 20, 2014 - Dark purple color. The nose was ripe with cherry and black raspberry - the darker end of the fruit spectrum. On the palate, the ripe fruit is evident with dark cherry (almost cough syrup), plums, and a touch of baked earh. Structurally, there is good acidity, but the tannins are still forceful in comparison to the fruit. The dark cherry finish is clipped by the drying tannins. Overall, I think I caught this wine on a grumpy day, but I am not sure the fruit will overcome the tannins.