Wine review: 2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas

.@sirenevirbila reviews the 2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas, a spicy red

If you're planning to serve any kind of game or even a roast duck or goose over the holidays, Tablas Creek Vineyard's 2012 Côtes de Tablas could be your wine. A blend of organic estate-grown 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and a touch of Counoise and Mourvèdre, this gorgeous, rich, spicy red has plenty of character and a fine balance. Call it lush but fresh. It tastes of cherries, plums and wild herbs, with a licorice kick. Pair it with venison loin, roast duck or goose, or a pork roast.

Region: California's Central Coast

Price: $30 to $34

Style: Rich and spicy

What it goes with: venison, duck, goose, pork

Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816;; Mission Wine & Spirits in Pasadena, (626) 794-7026, and Glendale, (818) 242-0683,; Total Wine & More in Brea, Laguna Hills, Thousand Oaks and Tustin,; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485,; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,

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