San Francisco Chronicle: 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc in the Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2011
We're excited to share that the 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc made the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2011 list. The Chronicle cited its "wonderful depth from Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne — with subtle mineral and honeysuckle accents to its ripe tangerine fruit". The 2010 Patelin de Tablas was also recognized in the Top vintners not at top dollar section. Cheers!
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 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 added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure.
The sources for the Patelin de Tablas Blanc grapes are:
The 2010 vintage saw healthy rainfall after three years of drought. The ample early-season groundwater and a lack of spring frosts produced a good fruit set. A very cool summer delayed ripening by roughly three weeks, with harvest not beginning until mid-September and still less than half complete in mid-October. Warm, sunny weather between mid-October and mid-November allowed the later-ripening varieties to reach full maturity. The long hangtime and cool temperatures combined to produce fruit with intense flavors at low alcohol levels. The grapes were harvested from Edward Sellers Vineyard between September 24th and 30th, from Dawson’s Creek on September 28th, and from both Chequera and Catherine’s Vineyard on October 1st. The Grenache Blanc lots from Tablas Creek were harvested throughout October.
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 February 2011.
The 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend in the style of French Cotes du Rhone whites, with flavors of lemon and mineral, a hint of tropicality from the Viognier, and a long finish with surprising richness.
Join us for the Paso Robles Wine Community's biggest celebration! We'll pour Esprit de Beaucastel at Friday's Reserve Event and a range of new releases at Saturday's Grand Tasting. And all weekend we'll have special wines open at the winery and will be taking tours to visit our herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys. Sunday 11am to 1:30pm enjoy Chef Jacob Lovejoy's small plates, free with a tasting. Details & more events »
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