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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas is a blend of four red Rhône varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from several of the top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many red wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the dark fruit, mineral and spice of Syrah, with the brightness and fresh acidity of Grenache, the structure and meatiness of Mourvèdre and a small addition of Counoise for complexity.
Updated tasting notes from a January 2023 vertical tasting: on the nose, spicy and meaty like soppresata, chaparral, black raspberry and dried herbs. The palate showed muddled blackberry flavors and nicely resolved tannins with black licorice and herbes de Provence accents. Still going strong, but we suggest you drink these in the relatively near term.
- Paso Robles
- 13.9% alcohol by Volume
- 5900 Cases Produced
- 45% Syrah
- 29% Grenache
- 22% Mourvedre
- 4% Counoise
Grapes for the Patelin de Tablas are sourced from four regions in Paso Robles. Three are limestone-rich: the warmer, higher-elevation Adelaida Hills near Tablas Creek, the cool, coastal-influenced Templeton Gap to our south, and the moderate, hilly El Pomar to our south-east. These regions provide structured, mineral-laced fruit and excellent acidity. We also source fruit from the warmer heartland of the Paso Robles AVA: the Estrella District, whose mixed sandy loam soils produce juicy, darkly-fruited Syrah.
The 2013 vintage was our earliest harvest on record, accelerated by the low yields from our second consecutive drought year and a consistently warm summer without the heat spikes or cold stretches that can delay ripening. The net result was a blockbuster vintage, with excellent concentration, refined tannins and good freshness: a vintage that should be impressive and approachable young, but with the stuffing to age.
All varietals for the Patelin de Tablas were destemmed and fermented in open-top and closed stainless steel fermenters as well as 1500-gallon oak upright casks. Only native yeasts were used. After fermentation, the wines were racked and blended, aged in a mix of stainless steel and 1200-gallon oak foudres, and bottled in July 2014.
- 27% Syrah from Estrella (Estrella District)
- 13% Tablas-clone Grenache, Syrah and Counoise from Self Family Vineyard (Templeton Gap)
- 12% Syrah from Derby (Templeton Gap)
- 11% Tablas-clone Mourvedre from Hollyhock Vineyard (Templeton Gap)
- 11% Tablas-clone Grenache and Tablas-Clone Mourvedre from Paso Ridge (El Pomar)
- 10% Grenache and Tablas-clone Mourvèdre from Briarwood Vineyard (Templeton Gap)
- 7% Tablas-clone Syrah and Grenache from Starr Ranch (Adelaida Hills)
- 4% Grenache from Paso de Record (Estrella District)
- 3% Syrah from Velo (Templeton Gap)
- 2% Mourvedre, Grenache and Counoise from the Tablas Creek certified organic estate vineyard