2006 Tablas Creek Grenache - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (6/1/2009)
Cracked this last night to accompany Chicken Penne alla’arrabiatta. Not really a good match. The pasta was too hot/spicy for the wine and we would have been better off with a good Italian Rose or something chilled. I digress and back to the tasting note. The wine is 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah per the Tablas Creek website.
Nose is a little reticent with notes of minerality, dark fruits and some spice. On the palate there is a bright juiciness that suggests the wine is a little young/primary but also a white pepper and a distinct earthy/truffle component that accompanies the black/red fruits. All in all an excellent wine that could garner another point or two with some additional bottle time. (89 pts.)
we had a bottle of this about a month ago and I think your notes are spot on. It was very tasty!
Seems like in the last few years there are more and more quality grenache wines coming from the central coast and quality keeps going up. Thanks for the note.
Thanks for your note, Tony. I was very excited when I saw Tablas releasing a (mostly) Grenache … haven’t yet tried it, but really want to.
Thanks for the note Tony. Paso Robles is very capable of superb Grenache IMO. The Villa Creek (Denner Vineyard?) is a revelation and an amazing value.
Yup, VC’s Grenache comes from Denner vineyard. I agree, it’s great stuff.
Opolo is doing a decent Grenache as well. Hard to keep up with the increasing numbers of producers. My next door grows 2 acres of Grenache for Opolo so naturally I get the by product of his labor.