Tablas Creek En Gobelet 2016 (2nd Tasting)

Synopsis, Our Opinion: An excellent California Rhone blend.

Producer/Winery: Tablas Creek Vineyard; Paso Robles, California.

Grape Variety: Southern Rhone blend – 39% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 8% Counoise and 3% Tannat.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Adelaida District, Paso Robles, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $40.00 (with a club membership)

Purchased From: Tablas Creek Vineyard tasting room; Paso Robles, California.

Paired With: BBQ pork sandwiches and coleslaw.


    Note: When tasting the same wine a second time and it’s significantly different, either from the food pairing or differences of the wine, we write it up as second tasting post. This 2016 vintage was substantially improved over the first bottle of the Tablas Creek En Gobelet 2015 we reviewed in June 2019 and the following is our second review.

    Opened 90-minutes before drinking. Ruby with a brown tint and a light brownish/purple rim. Light yet an aromatic complexity of earthy cherry, blackberry and leather aromas with hints of lavender. Smooth, savory and energetic mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Lively black cherry, blackberry, boysenberry and black tea flavors along with discontinuous raspberry and licorice. Lively edgy acidity, fine grained tannins that had grip in the long dusty fruit and clove finish. This was very different from the 2015 we reviewed. This had an excellent bouquet, although still light it was fresh and inviting, better balanced acidity and a fantastic array of traditional rich flavors from the moment it hits the tongue to the last of the finish. Each sip yielded new tastes and the exuberance really made it stand out. We called it an excellent California Rhone blend.

(Clockwise from left): Tablas Creek Vineyard founder Robert Haas, winemaker Neil Collins, Cesar Perrin, Francois Perrin and general manager Jason Haas at Tablas Creek. The vineyard is owned in partnership with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel.
Photo from Tablas Creek Vineyard.
Comments: Learn more about Tablas Creek Vineyard and their wines.

See also: Other Tablas Creek Vineyard wines we have reviewed.

Alcohol Content: 14.2%

Closure: Aluminium covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Not applicable.