2013 Patelin de Tablas Blanc

Production Notes

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 eleven 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 2013 vintage was our earliest harvest on record, accelerated by the low yields from our second consecutive drought year and a consistently warm summer without the heat spikes or cold stretches that can delay ripening. The net result was a blockbuster vintage, with excellent concentration, refined tannins and good freshness: a vintage that should be impressive and approachable young, but with the stuffing to age.

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 April 2014.

Vineyard Sources

  • 18% Tablas-clone Viognier from Paso Ridge Vineyard in the limestone-rich El Pomar region of Templeton
  • 17%  Viognier from Derby Vineyard
  • 15% Grenache Blanc from Paso Ono Vineyard in El Pomar
  • 12% Grenache Blanc from Coyote Moon Vineyard
  • 10% Marsanne and Roussanne from Cass Vineyard in El Pomar
  • 8% Grenache Blanc from Gravity Hills Vineyard
  • 8% Roussanne and Marsanne from the Tablas Creek cerified organic estate vineyard
  • 6% Tablas-clone Grenache Blanc from Dawson’s Creek Vineyard in El Pomar
  • 4% Grenache Blanc from Briarwood Vineyard
  • 1% Tablas-clone Grenache Blanc from Catherine’s Vineyard in El Pomar
  • 1% Viognier from the biodynamically-farmed Chequera Vineyard in the cool Templeton Gap

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Patelin de Tablas Blanc shows fruity, floral aromas of honeysuckle, apricot and candied grapefruit, with a spicy mineral note emerging with air.  In the mouth it's mouth-filling with peach and lemon zest flavors and a creamy texture, but kept fresh by vibrant acids.  The finish is long, rich and clean, with lingering flavors of peach and mineral.  Drink now and for the next 2-3 years.

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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
$20.00

Blend

  • 54% Grenache Blanc
  • 25% Viognier
  • 13% Roussanne
  • 8% Marsanne

Technical Notes

  • 13.2% Alcohol by Volume
  • 3200 Cases Produced

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Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

We were thrilled to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader, including 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 »

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