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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Rosé is a rosé blend in the tradition of Provence, produced from three red Rhône varietals: Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from nine top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like most rosé wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the bright strawberry fruit and fresh acidity of Grenache, with additions of deeper red fruit and structure from Mourvèdre and spice from Counoise.
93 points; "fresh and mouthwatering, with peach and wild strawberry scents buoyed by a sea spray lift": Wine&Spirits (Aug. 2020)
93 points; "a strong stony streak on the palate, where a brisk acidity delivers flavors of melon, nectarine and light berry": Wine Enthusiast (Aug. 2020)
91 points; "smooth, juicy, and tangy": Blue Lifestyle (Jul. 2020)
93 points; "Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a vibrant texture": BevX (May 2020)
A; "This is a great wine, and well worth the money.": VinePair (May 2020)
90 points; "This has some seriously good length": Washington Wine Blog (May 2020)
Outstanding Plus; "a lovely beautifully balanced rosé with elegance and finesse": Underground WineLetter (May 2020)
The 2019 Patelin de Tablas Rosé is a vibrant light peach color. On the nose are spicy aromatics of nectarine, mandarin pith, sea spray, and crushed rock. The mouth is bright with flavors of yellow raspberry and blood orange, with mouthwatering acidity giving focus to a long finish with flavors of pink grapefruit, briny mineral, and a citrus blossom florality. Drink now and over the next year.
- Paso Robles
- 76% Grenache
- 19% Mourvedre
- 5% Counoise
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 2250 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- Fried chicken
- Mediterranean tapas
Grapes for the Patelin de Tablas Rosé are sourced from four Paso Robles appellations. Three are rich in limestone: 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. The moderate-to-warm Creston area east of Templeton produces grapes with generous fruit and spice.
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.
The bulk of the Patelin de Tablas Rosé is Grenache, supplemented with Mourvèdre and Counoise to provide some deeper fruit tones and additional spice. 80% of the wine was picked and direct-pressed into stainless steel tanks with no skin contact beyond the time in the press. The remaining 20% was picked cold, early in the morning or at night, then de-stemmed and let soak for the work day to provide some color and structure. After about 12 hours, these lots were pressed and added to the direct-press lots. Only native yeasts were used in the fermentation. After fermentation, the wines were blended and cold-stabilized, and bottled in February 2020.