2016 Patelin de Tablas Blanc Bottle

2016 Patelin de Tablas Blanc

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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of five white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Clairette Blanche. The wine incorporates fruit from nine 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 2016 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is intensely Rhone-like on the nose, with notes of nectarines, pineapple, jasmine, and sweet spice. In the mouth, it's electric with passion fruit, peach pit, and lime zest flavors, saline and crushed rock on the mid-palate, with mouth-watering acidity softening into creamy richness on the finish, leaving lingering flavors of sweet spice.  Drink now and for the next 2-3 years.

Technical Details

Blend
  • 52% Grenache Blanc
  • 24% Viognier
  • 12% Roussanne
  • 9% Marsanne
  • 3% Clairette Blanche
Technical Notes
  • 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
  • 3000 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 2016 vintage, while still marked by drought, saw better rainfall than the four previous years, and the vineyards showed good health through most of the growing season. That season started with a very early budbreak and continued warm weather spurred our earliest-ever beginning to harvest, on August 18th. But beginning mid-August, three cool weeks slowed the ripening for all but our earliest grapes, and allowed them to reach flavor and phenolic maturity with slightly above-average hang time. The resulting vintage shows excellent concentration but is also quite approachable, with open-knit textures and appealing juiciness.

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 2017.

Vineyard Sources

  • 27% Viognier and Grenache Blanc from Fralich in El Pomar District
  • 21% Grenache Blanc from Adelaida in Adelaida District
  • 19% Marsanne and Roussanne from Cass Vineyard in Geneseo District
  • 9% Grenache Blanc from Dawson Creek Vineyard in El Pomar District
  • 8% Grenache Blanc from Coyote Moon Vineyard in Estrella District
  • 8% Viognier from Derby in Templeton Gap District
  • 3% Clairette Blanche from M du R in El Pomar District
  • 3% Roussanne and Grenache Blanc from the Tablas Creek cerified organic estate vineyard
  • 2% Viognier from Clautiere in Geneseo District
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