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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 small additions of Counoise for complexity.
93 points & Editors' Choice; "bright and floral on the palate, with rose tea and red currant flavors": Wine Enthusiast (Aug. 2021)
94 points; "a black fruit-driven core with flavors of black plum, forest floor, and black tea ... perfectly balanced with a meaty texture": BevX (Jun. 2021)
93 points; "generous, rich and juicy with seductive fruit": Blue Lifestyle (Apr. 2021)
Outstanding Plus; "layers of fruit with floral spice notes ... a really delicious wine that is a great value": Underground WineLetter (Apr. 2021)
A vibrant nose of blackberry and bramble, teriyaki and black pepper. On the palate, brilliantly juicy, with flavors of elderberry, graphite, tangy plum skin and loamy earth. The long, gently tannic finish lingers with crunchy black fruit and foresty spice. Delicious now, but with the substance and balance to age for up to a decade.
- Paso Robles
- 37% Syrah
- 35% Grenache
- 23% Mourvedre
- 5% Counoise
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 3500 Cases Produced
Grapes for the Patelin de Tablas are sourced from five regions in Paso Robles. Three are limestone-rich: the warmer, higher-elevation Adelaida District 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 Creston and Geneseo Districts, whose mixed sandy loam soils produce juicy, darkly-fruited Syrah.
The 2019 vintage began with ample rainfall the preceding winter. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and a cool first half of the summer delayed flowering and the ripening of our earlier varieties. Beginning the second week of July, the weather turned warm but never so warm to engage the vines' self-defense mechanism of shutting down, accelerating ripening of our later varieties and producing intense flavors. The resulting compressed harvest was completed under ideal conditions and the vintage shows both concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing ample fruit.
All varietals for the Patelin de Tablas were fermented in a mix of upright oak fermenters and stainless steel tanks and aged in 1500-gallon oak upright tanks for another year before bottling in February 2021.