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The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of seven white Rhône and Rhone-adjacent varieties: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Vermentino, Roussanne, Picpoul, and Bourboulenc, with fruit from eight 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 luscious stone fruit flavors, Roussanne and Marsanne for structure and spice, and additions of Vermentino, Picpoul, and Bourboulenc for brightness and texture.
Why the box?
Since the 2021 vintage we have packaged 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. Each full box 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.
93 points; "a wine of natural balance and bright fruit": Decanter (Aug. 2023)
91 points; "serious value ... ripe orchard fruits and nutty undertones": Owen Bargreen (Aug. 2023)
91 points; "Sleek yet generous, with fragrant honeydew, orange blossom and nectarine flavors": Wine Spectator (Jul. 2023)
94 points; "perfectly balanced with a vibrant texture": BevX (Jun. 2023)
A nose equally balanced between Grenache Blanc's mineral and citrus and Viognier's stone fruit and white flowers, with additional notes of petrichor and peppery spice. On the palate, luscious flavors of stone fruit and lemon custard lifted by persistent chalky minerality and vibrant acids. The long finish brings back notes of white grapefruit, jasmine, and a briny sea spray minerality.
- Paso Robles
- 12.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 600 3L Boxes Produced
- 49% Grenache Blanc
- 22% Viognier
- 10% Marsanne
- 10% Vermentino
- 4% Roussanne
- 3% Picpoul Blanc
- 2% Bourboulenc
The 2022 vintage was our third year of drought, but because the rain that we received came early, the vines showed good health though with cluster counts down by about 15%. Two frost events, one in April and one in May, reduced yields further. A cool first half of the summer was followed by our hottest-ever August and September, producing an early start and an even earlier finish to harvest. The vintage's extremely low yields produced concentrated flavors, noteworthy texture, and intense 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, then bottled in May 2023.