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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of five white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne and Clairette Blanche. 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 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.
92 points; "The palate intrigues": Wine Enthusiast (Jan. 2021)
93 points; "Aromatic and complex, with a refreshing thread of acidity": Wine Spectator (Jan. 2021)
91 points; "Juicy and nicely concentrated, offering pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that show fine definition": Vinous (Dec. 2020)
90 points; "a killer value and shows beautifully": Owen Bargreen (Nov. 2020)
95 points; "perfectly balanced with a vibrant yet generous texture": BevX (Oct. 2020)
91 points; "aromatic with notes of white flowers, anise and spice; long and lovely": Blue Lifestyle (Oct. 2020)
Outstanding Plus; "a really delicious wine and a real value": Underground WineLetter (Oct. 2020)
The 2019 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
- 35% Grenache Blanc
- 25% Roussanne
- 19% Viognier
- 14% Marsanne
- 7% Clairette Blanche
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 2380 Cases Produced
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 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 August 2020.