2013 Tablas Creek Adelaida District Mourvèdre

SKU #1269097 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Light black cherry, turned black loam and dried rose petals show on the nose of this straightforward and earthy bottling. Black raspberry and dark cranberry fruit consume the tart, edgy palate, with shaved licorice, sagebrush and a touch of pine needle completing the savory picture. A good lesson in fresh Mourvèdre.  (8/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of dark berries, lavender pastille and succulent herbs, along with building spiciness. Supple and broad on the palate, offering fresh blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a jolt of cracked pepper. Shows very good focus and a touch of licorice on a sweet, persistent finish that's framed by youthful, building tannins. I tasted through this year's new and upcoming releases with long-time winemaker and vineyard manager Neil Collins and assistant winemaker Chelsea Franchi, who has been at Tablas Creek since graduating from Cal Poly in 2008. Franchi has become more deeply involved in the winemaking here in recent years, a time when, as Collins said, "the vines are really coming into maturity and showing what the vineyards can deliver." There's a serious dedication to bush vine-planting (en gobelet) and dry farming at the estate, a process that requires considerable extra labor and raises the risk of decreased yields, but which most winemakers, including Collins, Franchi and the Haas and Perrin families, are convinced allows for maximum site expression and wine concentration. The Tablas Creek wines have an admirable track record for rewarding cellaring, all the way down to the entry-level bottlings, so readers are well-advised to stash a few bottles away, assuming they have patience and storage space. (JR)  (6/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Straight ahead in its fruit with an inclination to sweet cherries that vaguely recalls ripe Pinot Noir, this fleshy, moderately full-bodied Mourvèdre flirts with dry, woodsy spice here and there and shows a fair bit of back-palate grip, yet its fundamental fruity message is nicely sustained. Its minor coarseness will be made irrelevant by a couple of years in the cellar or service with steaks and chops in the near term.  (3/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Completely destemmed and raised in larger foudre, the 2013 Mourvedre offers classic and textbook Mourvedre notes of blueberries, underbrush, savory herbs and violets. Drink this medium-bodied, lively, fresh and nicely balanced 2013 anytime over the coming 5-8 years. I had a terrific visit with Jason Haas and Neil Collins at Tablas Creek, and while I think their 2012s are a step back, the 2013s are superb, and the 2014s look even better. In addition, I was able to do a full 2005 retrospective, but will publish that as a stand-alone report at a later date. (JD)  (8/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Compact and rustic, with modest notes of dried cherry, orange zest and spicy licorice. Tannins frame the finish. Drink now through 2023. 690 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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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 (%): 13.5