2021 Patelin de Tablas Blanc - 3L Box
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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.
Why the box?
Beginning with the 2021 vintage, we are packaging a small portion of our Patelin de Tablas wines in 3L bag-in-box. This package carries a significantly lower carbon footprint (84% less!) than glass bottles while also offering advantages in preservation, storage, and portability. It weighs just 7 pounds (four glass bottles containing the same amount of wine weigh 11 pounds) and because the bag inside the box deflates as wine is poured out, it will stay fresh in your fridge for several weeks after you open it. For the full background on our decision to be one of the first artisan wineries in California to try this package, see Jason's piece on our blog.
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
- 522 3L Boxes 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 boxed up in conjunction with our May 2022 bottling.