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Parker Calls the '07 Côtes de Tablas "Sensational" and "a great bargain..." - 09/10/2009 - Syrah (domestic)

With all the fuss over the 2007 vintage in the Southern Rhône many people have overlooked the spectacular vintage we had here at home too. Like in France, there are great values to be had, and the 2007 Côtes de Tablas tops that list. A lot of wine for the money and sure to please, this Perrin family (Ch. de Beaucastel) Côtes du Rhône-style wine is one you'll want to have around to enjoy for a long time.

2007 Tablas Creek "Côtes de Tablas" Paso Robles Red Rhône Blend ($19.99)

93 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Côtes de Tablas is a sensational wine as well as a great bargain. The fact that it is finished with a screw cap may give some consumers the wrong impression, but this is a serious, mouthfilling red. A blend of 50% Grenache and the balance equal parts Syrah and Counoise, it exhibits sweet, gamy notes along with plenty of pepper, licorice, roasted herb, blackberry, and cassis characteristics, a velvety, lush texture, a full-bodied richness, beautifully integrated acidity, abundant Provencal typicity, and good minerality for a wine of such remarkable flavor depth. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years." (08/09) Tablas Creek, a partnership between Robert Haas and the Perrin family of France's famed Château de Beaucastel, has been at the forefront of growing and producing top-notch Rhône varietals for more than 20 years. Their "Côtes de Tablas" blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise is an homage to the wines of the Southern Rhône kissed by the California sun. The 2007 vintage is fantastic and alluring from the moment you pop the cork. Lead by bright red cherry aromas underscored by hints of iron, game and fresh cracked black pepper, the bouquet translates seamlessly to the palate, which is fresh and spicy with a vein of anise that weaves itself through to the finish. Like other Perrin wines, this medium-bodied beauty is built for the table. Try it with braised short ribs, grilled hanger steak with shallots or bucatini all'Amatriciana.

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