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Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Blanc 2015 (Paso Robles, California) - [WS 93] [ST 90]
Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Blanc 2015 (Paso Robles, California) - [WS 93]  [ST 90]


 
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Winery: Tablas Creek
Varietal: 49% Grenache Blanc, 31% Viognier, 12% Roussanne, 8% Marsanne
Region: Paso Robles, California
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: TABLASCREEKPATELINBLANC15-W
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Notes From the Winemaker:
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The wine incorporates fruit from six top Rhône 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 added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure.

Vintage Notes:
The 2015 vintage saw dramatically reduced yields from the combined effects of four years of drought and cool, unsettled weather during May's flowering. Months alternated between significantly cooler than normal and significantly warmer than normal, which produced an early start to harvest but required multiple passes through most vineyard blocks during a long, drawn-out picking season. Yields were down as much as 50% in early-ripening grapes like Viognier, while later grapes like Roussanne were only down slightly. The result was a vintage with excellent concentration but unusually good acids, and wines with dramatic perfume, texture, and intensity.

Tasting Notes:
The 2015 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is very Rhone-like on the nose, with notes of lemon pith, sarsaparilla, crushed rock and apricot. In the mouth, it's intensely juicy with green apple and pink grapefruit, a saline creaminess on the mid-palate, and mouth-watering acidity on the finish, leaving lingering flavors of sea spray and sweet spice. Drink now and for the next 2-3 years.

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 2016.

Food Pairings: Seafood cooked with garlic and white wine, Green salads with avocado and citrus dressing, Lemon chicken, Scallops, Light-fleshed fish with tropical salsa

Vineyard Sources:
25% Grenache Blanc from Coyote Moon Vineyard in Estrella District
23% Viognier and Grenache Blanc from Fralich in El Pomar District
18% Marsanne and Roussanne from Cass Vineyard in Geneseo District
10% Grenache Blanc from Adelaida in Adelaida District
9% Viognier from Clautiere in Geneseo District
6% Grenache Blanc from Dawson’s Creek Vineyard in El Pomar District
3% Viognier from Glenrose in Adelaida District
3% Viognier from Paso de Record in Estrella District
3% Roussanne and Marsanne from the Tablas Creek certified organic estate vineyard

Ratings & Reviews
93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This vibrant and mouthwatering white shows green apple, Meyer lemon and dried pineapple favors that are fresh and juicy. Lemon verbena and lime sherbet notes reverberate on the long, detailed finish. Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. Drink now. 2,920 cases made." - MW (Feb 28, 2017)

90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Pale yellow. Anjou pear and tangerine on the incisive, mineral-tinged nose. Silky, taut and focused, offering lemon pith, green apple and honeysuckle flavors and a touch of fennel. Closes with firm grip and very good, tangy persistence, leaving floral and orchard fruit notes behind." - Josh Raynolds (Sep 2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The entry level white is the 2015 Patelin de Tablas Blanc, which is mostly Grenache Blanc, yet incorporates 23% Viognier, 13% Roussanne and 9% Marsanne. Brought up all in stainless steel, it's a fresh, exotic, medium-bodied effort that gives up lots of Meyer lemon, orange blossom and salty notes. Buy it by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming year or two." - Jeb Dunnuck (Jul 8th, 2016)

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