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2014 Patelin de Tablas Blanc Bottle

2014 Patelin de Tablas Blanc

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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The wine incorporates fruit from six top Rhone vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Patelin de Tablas Blanc leaps out of the glass with aromas of pineapple, ginger, quince, and pink grapefruit, with a briny mineral note emerging with air.  In the mouth it's luscious with fresh pineapple, nectarine, honeycomb and clove oil flavors, kept refreshing by vibrant acids.  The finish is long, rich and dry, with lingering flavors of watermelon rind, sea spray and lemon zest.  Drink now and for the next 2-3 years.

Technical Details

Appellation
  • Paso Robles
Blend
  • 49% Grenache Blanc
  • 31% Viognier
  • 12% Roussanne
  • 8% Marsanne
Technical Notes
  • 13.3% Alcohol by Volume
  • 3200 Cases Produced

Recipes & Pairings

Food Pairings
  • Seafood cooked with garlic and white wine
  • Green salads with avocado and citrus dressing
  • Lemon chicken
  • Scallops
  • Light-fleshed fish with tropical salsa

Production Notes

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.

All varietals for the Patelin de Tablas Blanc were whole cluster pressed, and fermented in stainless steel to emphasize the clean crisp flavors and preserve the aromatics. Only native yeasts were used. After fermentation, the wines were racked and blended, and bottled in May 2015.

Vineyard Sources

  • 27% Grenache Blanc from Paso Ono Vineyard in El Pomar
  • 26% Viognier from Fralich in El Pomar
  • 17% Marsanne and Roussanne from Cass Vineyard in Geneseo
  • 16% Grenache Blanc from Coyote Moon Vineyard in Estrella
  • 8% Roussanne and Marsanne from the Tablas Creek cerified organic estate vineyard
  • 6% Grenache Blanc from Dawson’s Creek Vineyard in El Pomar
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