2021 Patelin de Tablas Blanc
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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of five white Rhône varieties: Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne and Bourboulenc. The wine incorporates fruit from five 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 Bourboulenc for texture.
90 points; "This flows across the palate in silken waves": Vinous (May 2023)
92 points; "stone fruit and hints of tropicals, with a refreshing touch of puckery zest": Decanter (May 2023)
95 points; "silky and seamless with a core of floral fruit and a long, latent finish": Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Dec. 2022)
93 points & Editor's Choice; "white melon, brisk lemon, and more lychee, cut by a chalky edge": Wine Enthusiast (Nov. 2022)
91 points; "Supple texture and medium body, but remains fresh and bright": James Suckling (Oct. 2022)
97 points; "perfectly balanced with a vibrant yet opulent texture ... our favorite Patelin Blanc to date": BevX (Sep. 2022)
Outstanding Plus; "Elegance and finesse with peach and citrus nuances": Underground Wine Letter (Sep. 2022)
A lovely floral, fruity, buttery nose, orange blossom and white peach, Viognier in full evidence. Good balance on the mouth, with Grenache Blanc coming to the fore with flavors of pineapple and preserved lemon and good acids coming out on the peachy finish. Charming and fresh, intense yet clean.
- Paso Robles
- 54% Grenache Blanc
- 29% Viognier
- 9% Marsanne
- 7% Roussanne
- 1% Bourboulenc
- 12.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 2900 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- Seafood cooked with garlic and white wine
- Green salads with avocado and citrus dressing
- Lemon chicken
- Light-fleshed fish with tropical salsa
The 2021 vintage came after a chilly, relatively dry winter, the exception being a single storm that dropped more than a foot of rain on us in late January. The cold, dry winter produced a fruit set with smaller clusters and smaller berries, and yields were down about 25% compared to our average. The growing season was ideal, with each hot stretch followed by a cool period that allowed the vines to recover, and that combined with the low yields to produce some of our most intense fruit ever and our highest average acids since the chilly 2011 vintage. We believe that 2021 has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster year.
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 2022.