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.
Join us for Paso Robles' annual harvest celebration the weekend of October 16th-18th
All weekend: Visit our tasting room for a first look at our newest Esprit de Tablas wines from the 2013 vintage.
Friday night: Enjoy a four-course, four-wine dinner at McPhee's Grill in Templeton. $105/per person; reservations are essential. Details »
Saturday: Our winemakers will be leading interactive harvest cellar tours 10:30, 12:00, 2:00, 3:30 (20 guest limit). Free to all; no reservations needed. Details »
We are pleased to have been included in recent articles in The New York Times (on creative responses to California's drought) and the Washington Post (on our 11 new AVA's) and to see the attention for Paso Robles. More recent press »
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 »
October 6, 2015
I snuck out yesterday morning to get some photos of the ever-diminishing portions of the vineyard that still have grapes on them. One block that I particularly wanted to see was Syrah, given that it was scheduled to be picked in the afternoon. It was looking suitably autumnal: Read More »