Wine Spectator: 91 points; "wonderful ... at a can't-miss price"; Wine Advocate: "one of the finest values in California wine"
We were thrilled to see the praise for the Patelin de Tablas from two respected reviewers recently. The Wine Spectator gave the wine 91 points and the comments "a wonderful mix of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise from Paso Robles at a can’t-miss price" [read full review] and Antonio Galloni, in the August 2011 Wine Advocate, called it "a plump, mouthfilling red loaded with fruit and sheer character" and "one of the finest values in California wine". [more recent press]
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas is a blend of four red Rhône varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from seven top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many red wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the dark fruit, mineral and spice of Syrah, with the brightness and fresh acidity of Grenache, the structure and meatiness of Mourvèdre and a small addition of Counoise for complexity.
Grapes for the Patelin de Tablas are sourced from two limestone-rich regions in Paso Robles: the warm Adelaida Hills and the cool Templeton Gap:
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 and dark color at low alcohol levels.
Patelin de Tablas grapes were harvested from La Vista Vineyard on September 24th, from Briarwood on September 29th and November 19th, from Vina del Sol on October 1st, Edward Sellers Vineyard on October 20th, from Chequera Vineyard on October 20th and 21st and from Glenrose Vineyard on November 18th. The various lots from Tablas Creek were harvested between September 28th and November 18th.
All varietals for the Patelin de Tablas were destemmed and fermented in either open-top or closed stainless steel fermenters with only native yeasts. After fermentation, the wines were racked and blended, aged in a mix of stainless steel and 1200-gallon foudres, and bottled in June 2011.
The 2010 Patelin de Tablas marries the spice, mineral and structure of Syrah with the generous fruit of Grenache, the backbone of Mourvedre and the brightness of Counoise. Drink it now or over the next decade.
Even though we don’t produce Zinfandel, we’ll be celebrating Vintage Paso (formerly Zinfandel Festival) the weekend of March 20th. In celebration of California’s heritage grapes, we’ll focus on the dry-farmed, head-trained vines of Tablas Creek and lead short forays into the vineyard to discuss the impact of farming without irrigation. You’ll even get to taste the 2012 En Gobelet among the vines which produced it. Details & More Events »
We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members. More shipping news »
In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »
February 23, 2015
Normally, the sign at the edge of our head-trained Mourvedre vineyard just outside our tasting room is to protect people from a twisted ankle, should they stray off the tarmac. Now, we're worried we might lose them in the cover crop! Read More »