2016 Patelin de Tablas Blanc

Production Notes

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of five white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Clairette Blanche. The wine incorporates fruit from nine 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 2016 vintage, while still marked by drought, saw better rainfall than the four previous years, and the vineyards showed good health through most of the growing season. That season started with a very early budbreak and continued warm weather spurred our earliest-ever beginning to harvest, on August 18th. But beginning mid-August, three cool weeks slowed the ripening for all but our earliest grapes, and allowed them to reach flavor and phenolic maturity with slightly above-average hang time. The resulting vintage shows excellent concentration but is also quite approachable, with open-knit textures and appealing juiciness.

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 2017.

Vineyard Sources

  • 27% Viognier and Grenache Blanc from Fralich in El Pomar District
  • 21% Grenache Blanc from Adelaida in Adelaida District
  • 19% Marsanne and Roussanne from Cass Vineyard in Geneseo District
  • 9% Grenache Blanc from Dawson Creek Vineyard in El Pomar District
  • 8% Grenache Blanc from Coyote Moon Vineyard in Estrella District
  • 8% Viognier from Derby in Templeton Gap District
  • 3% Clairette Blanche from M du R in El Pomar District
  • 3% Roussanne and Grenache Blanc from the Tablas Creek cerified organic estate vineyard
  • 2% Viognier from Clautiere in Geneseo District

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is intensely Rhone-like on the nose, with notes of nectarines, pineapple, jasmine, and sweet spice. In the mouth, it's electric with passion fruit, peach pit, and lime zest flavors, saline and crushed rock on the mid-palate, with mouth-watering acidity softening into creamy richness on the finish, leaving lingering flavors of sweet spice.  Drink now and for the next 2-3 years.

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Recipe Suggestions

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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
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Blend

  • 52% Grenache Blanc
  • 24% Viognier
  • 12% Roussanne
  • 9% Marsanne
  • 3% Clairette Blanche

Technical Notes

  • 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
  • 3000 Cases Produced

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Events

Harvest Festival Wine Weekend

Oct 20th-22nd, 2017
Celebrate Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend with Tablas Creek. Join us in the tasting room all weekend for a first look at our flagship wines from the 2015 vintage: 2015 Esprit de Tablas and 2015 Esprit de Tablas Blanc. We will also of course have open a range of small-production treats. If you’re interested in an in-depth exploration of the property, tours will run daily at 10:30am and 2:00pm (except Saturday *see below*) and reservations are recommended.

On Saturday, join us in the cellar at Tablas Creek for a series of interactive harvest cellar tours throughout the day, led by our Winemakers. Guests on these tours will sample wines in various stages of the winemaking process and learn about the 2017 harvest and winemaking at Tablas Creek. Tours will be offered 10:30, 12:00, 2:00 and 3:30 (limited to 20 guests per tour), are free to all guests, and reservations are highly recommended. Also, we’ll have live music by the incredibly talented Noach Tangeras band playing Americana style folk tunes from noon to 3:00pm.


Tablas Creek News

We can now ship to AZ!

We are excited that we have received our shipping permit for the great state of Arizona. Arizonans can now order wine or join our wine clubMore shipping news »

Vinous: 28 Wines 90+ Points

In Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Sept. 2016) 28 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit Blanc (93), 2013 Panoplie (95), 2014 Patelin de Tablas (91) and 2014 En Gobelet (93). Read the review » More press »

Tablas Creek wins 2016 California Green Medal for Sustainability

The CA Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance awarded Tablas Creek one of four 2016 Green Medals for leadership in sustainability. Our practices »


On the Tablas Blog

Veraison 2017 suggests an early, but likely not record-breaking, harvest

July 23, 2017
I returned on Wednesday from three weeks away to a significantly changed vineyard landscape. When I left, we were through flowering but many of the grape berries were still pea sized, bright green, and hard. It looked like early summer. Fast forward three weeks and the grapes are much more mature. While almost all the grapes are still green, many varieties are full-sized. The white grapes -- except for Roussanne -- don't look all that different than they will at harvest. And, when I got to the Syrah block, I found veraison. Read More »