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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 for floral, tropical aromatics and rich texture, Roussanne and Marsanne for structure and spice, and a small addition of Clairette Blanche for freshness and minerality.
91 Points & Best Buy; "starts off plump, with sweet pear and peach flavors, then finishes firm" Wine&Spirits (Feb. 2020)
91 Points; "peach jam, melon and citrus pith": Wine Enthusiast (Jan. 2020)
95 Points; "Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a vibrant yet generous texture": BevX (Oct. 2019)
89-91 Points; "broad in the mouth with intense, honeyed fruits, just enough freshness and a long, classically bitter finish": Wine Advocate (Oct. 2019)
Outstanding Plus; "very harmonious and beautifully balanced with a nice underlying crispness on the finish": The Underground Wineletter (Oct. 2019)
The 2018 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is intensely Rhone-like on the nose, with notes of honeysuckle, orange zest, anise, and crushed rock. In the mouth, it's lush but vibrant with mandarin orange, nectarine, white flowers, and a saline mid-palate. The long, zesty finish shows citrus pith and sea spray minerality, with a lingering orange blossom note. Drink now and for the next 2-3 years.
- Paso Robles
- 48% Grenache Blanc
- 22% Viognier
- 13% Roussanne
- 12% Marsanne
- 5% Clairette Blanche
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 2300 Cases Produced
The 2018 vintage saw an almost ideal balance of vine health and stress, as is often the case with the first dry year after a very wet one. Although rainfall was just 70% of normal, the rains came late, delaying the onset of bud-break and the beginning of the growing season. The cool weather continued most of the year, punctuated by a six-week heat wave in July and early August. But temperatures moderated before picking began, and harvest proceeded under slightly cooler than normal conditions, allowing us to pick without stress and producing fruit (and wines) with intense flavors and good balancing acidity.
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 2019.