2007 Tablas Creek "En Gobelet" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1074890 92 points Vinous

 (48% mourvedre, 47% grenache and 5% tannat, all from head-pruned vines) Bright red. High-pitched red berries and Asian spices on the nose, with notes of potpourri and blood orange adding complexity. Smells a lot like pinot noir and tastes like one too, offering sweet strawberry and raspberry flavors and a refreshing snap of smoky minerals. The floral note repeats on the finish, which is sappy, focused and impressively persistent. (JR)  (11/2009)

K&L Notes

According to Robert Parker: "This Paso Robles outpost is owned by two Francophiles, Frenchman Francois Perrin (one of the owners of the Rhone Valley's Chateau Beaucastel) and Robert Haas (founder of the import company Vineyard Brands, and a pioneer importer of estate-bottled French wines). Seeking out steep limestone ridges near the Pacific Ocean, Tablas Creek was a work in progress for its first four to five years, but it has come on like gang-busters in the 21st century. The 2007s are unquestionably their finest wines to date, but readers should not overlook the excellent 2006s."

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8