Tablas Creek Vineyard » Profile
Tablas Creek Vineyard, Paso Robles' pioneering Rhone-style winery, is the result of a 30-year friendship between Robert Haas, Jean-Pierre Perrin and Francois Perrin. Starting in the 1950s, Haas introduced fine European wines to the United States through his importing company Vineyard Brands. One of the French producers he introduced to the American market was Chateau de Beaucastel, owned by the Perrin family, producers in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of the southern Rhone since the 19th century.
Haas and the Perrins began discussing a join Rhone-style project in California as early as the mid-1970s. In 1985, they started an extensive search throughout the state for vineyard land that would closely approximate the climate and soils of the southern Rhone Valley: limestone soils, a favorable climate, and rugged terrain. In 1989, the partnership bought a 120-acre parcel in the Adelaida District of northwest Paso Robles.
Haas and the Perrins knew the Rhone varietals they wanted to focus on: Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache and Counoise for reds, and Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc for whites. However, they felt uneasy about the quality of Rhone grapevine stock available domestically and decided to import fresh cuttings of all eight varietals from Chateau de Beaucastel. The cuttings spent three years in a rigorous U.S.D.A. quarantine program before being released to the property in 1993. Over the next decade, Tablas Creek's grapevine nursery would provide millions of cuttings of high-quality Rhone varietals to Tablas Creek, and, eventually, hundreds of other producers around the West Coast.
Tablas Creek follows Beaucastel's farming and winemaking model, certifying their vineyard organic in 2003, emphasizing elegance and minerality in their winemaking, and focusing on blending to finish the wines. Biodynamic techniques, including an on-site flock of sheep, alpacas, and donkeys, began in 2010. But mostly, they follow Beaucastel's focus on making wines of place. According to Winemaker Neil Collins, "when people taste Beaucastel, they know it's Beaucastel. I would hope that people will taste Tablas Creek and know it's Tablas Creek."
Tablas Creek's wines have three times been included in the Wine Spectator's year-end "Top 100" list, and have since the 2010 vintage had 53 different wines receive 90 points or higher from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Most recently, they were named the top winery in America by the Daily Meal (http://www.thedailymeal.com/america-s-101-best-wineries).
Visit daily from 10am-5pm, or take a tour of the on-site grapevine nursery, organic vineyard and winery (daily at 10:30am and 2pm, free, but appointments requested).
a: 9339 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
9339 Adelaida Road
Paso Robles, 93446
Open Daily 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$10, refunded with wine purchase
Red Rhône-Style Blend
White Rhône-Style Blend