Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wine of the Week! New Series on Domestic Divas! Tablas Creek 2007 En Gobelet!
In honor of wine-loving divas everywhere, I've decided to begin a new series of posts called, "Wine of the Week," where every week, I'll feature a new bottle of wine! This week, I'm featuring the Tablas Creek 2007 En Gobelet!
For those of you not yet familiar with Tablas Creek, this is hands down one of my favorite Central Coast wineries. A partnership between Robert Haas and Perrin family of the famed Chateau de Beaucastel in Rhone, France, they produce Rhone-style wines at reasonable prices and of exceptional quality. They are also biodynamic and 50% solar powered, making them one of the most environmentally conscious wineries. As members of their wine club, Kuzak and I have enjoyed shipments and discounts on their wines for many years, and they've always been fantastic, but if the En Gobelet is any indication, the 2007's may be their best vintage yet!
Recently, Robert Parker's Tablas Creek reviews came out, and he rated 20 of their newly released wines over 90 points. I repeat, twenty wines! Topping the list, their classic 2007 Espirit De Beaucastel, a homage to the Chateau de Beautcastel, received a stellar rating of 95-97 points. Also, the 2006 Panopolie, their top bottling which Kuzak has resting in his cellar, received 95 points, and the 2007 Cotes de Tablas, a wine that costs under $20 with the club discount, received a rating of 93 points.
Let me sum this up!
These are freaking fantastic wines at prices that cannot be matched!
So this brings me to the 2007 En Gobelet!
This is a new bottling that's a blend of 48% mourvedre, 47% grenache and 5% tannat. The name refers to the way they train vines in Rhone (and is explained in detail on the label and their website). This wine tastes of licorice and figs, with intense jammy fruits, and a strong, smoky finish. Even better, it can be enjoyed now and through the next decade. I popped the bottle and paired it with an apple-glazed pork recipe, served over a pancetta and walnut studded quinoa (recipe forthcoming). The wine not only held its own, but it was the star of the evening! Kuzak and I were literally fighting over the last drops. It may be the best wine I've tasted all year, and let me tell you, I've had some incredible wines!
I can't wait to try all the other 2007 Tablas Creek wines, and plan to stock our cellar full of them! So check out the Tablas Creek website and look into their wine club! This kind of bargain doesn't come around very often!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE TABLAS CREEK WEBSITE!
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE 2007 EN GOBELET!
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT HOW THE EN GOBELET CAME INTO EXISTANCE ON THE AWARD-WINNING TABLAS CREEK BLOG!