Friday, November 30, 2007

2005 Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc

Made from 42% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, 19% Marsanne and 6% Grenache Blanc, this white Rhone-varietal blend weighed in at 13.9% alcohol.

Now that we got all the percentages out of the way, here's my impression of the wine:

Honeyed, floral, peach, citrus and cocoa butter scents on the nose - quite a combination, huh? Very pleasing to just keep giving sniffy sniffs. There seemed to be hints of cinnamon and baking spices in there also.

Not quite as complex on the palate, but still quite tasty. It reminded me of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum - not sugary, but that kind of fruity taste, mixed with minerals. Some pink grapefruit added a tart element on the fairly long finish, along with some alcoholic heat.

It had a crisp, clean mouthfeel with well-integrated acidity.

This bottle was $17.60 from the winery and I'd say it is worth it. Two thumbs up on this one.

2 comments:

Dr. Debs said...

Cocoa-butter--good call! I love this wine, too, and would agree with the thumbs up!

MonkuWino said...

Thanks, Deb! I have the darndest time trying to figure out what familiar smells are when they're in a glass of wine. I kept sniffing and sniffing and then it came to me - suntan lotion!