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2014 Patelin de Tablas Rose Bottle

2014 Patelin de Tablas Rose

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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Rosé is a rosé blend in the tradition of Provence, produced from three red Rhône varietals: Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from seven top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like most rosé wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the bright strawberrry fruit and fresh acidity of Grenache, with additions of darker fruit, structure and spice from Mourvèdre and Counoise.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Patelin de Tablas Rosé has a nose of the wild strawberry, rose petals and citrus. In the mouth, it shows the generous red fruit of Grenache kept clean by vibrant acidity and a spiced citrus note that comes out on the long finish.  Drink, chilled, in the next year or two.

Technical Details

Appellation
  • Paso Robles
Blend
  • 80% Grenache
  • 17% Mourvedre
  • 3% Counoise
Technical Notes
  • 13.6% Alcohol by Volume
  • 1800 Cases Produced

Production Notes

Grapes for the Patelin de Tablas Rosé are sourced from five Paso Robles appellations. Three are rich in limestone: 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.  Two other regions (the moderate Creston area east of Templeton and the warmer Estrella heartland area of Paso Robles) bring generous fruit and spice.  

The 2014 vintage was our third consecutive drought year and a warm spring saw our earliest-ever beginning to the growing season.  The summer was warm but without serious heat spikes, and our coolest August in a decade slowed ripening at a critical period. When it warmed back up in September, the fruit tumbled in, and we finished in mid-October, about two weeks earlier than normal.  The result was a vintage with excellent concentration balanced by good freshness, which should be vibrant and powerful young, but with the balance to age.

The bulk of the Patelin de Tablas Rosé is Grenache, picked and direct-pressed into stainless steel tanks with minimum skin contact.  This was supplemented with saignée lots (bleedings) from Mourvèdre and Counoise in the cellar to provide some color and structure.  Only native yeasts were used in the fermentation. After fermentation, the wines were blended and cold-stabilized, and bottled in February 2015.

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