2010 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc

Year: 2010
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
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50% Grenache Blanc, 33% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 7% Marsanne

"The 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc (50% Grenache Blanc, 33% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 7% Marsanne) shows the richness of Grenache Blanc in its white peaches, flowers and jasmine. It is a beautifully delineated white, as well as a terrific value. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.

Tablas Creek was founded as a partnership between Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Robert Haas, owner of Beaucastel’s US importer, Vineyard Brands. Tablas Creek is one of the pioneers for Rhone varieties in Paso Robles, not just for the quality of the wines, but just as importantly for creating a nursery of clones from Beaucastel cuttings that are now used widely throughout the region. The estate currently has about 105 acres under vine. Tablas Creek works with indigenous yeasts and favors large, neutral oak barrels and casks for aging. Vintage 2009 was the third in a series of drought years for the estate, which along with a severe spring frost reduced yields dramatically to less than 1.85 tons per acre. The wines, though, are striking. Vintage 2010 could not have been more different. There was no spring frost. Instead the estate received a whopping 44 inches of rain. A cold summer led to a late harvest that started during the second half of October and lasted until early November. Readers will find a broad range of compelling bottles across all price ranges. As an aside, Tablas Creek is one of the highest-quality estates in California that has the facilities and capacity to receive visitors." (WA)

"(50% grenache blanc, 33% viognier, 10% roussanne and 7% marsanne; made from a blend of estate-grown and purchased fruit): Bright yellow. Fresh lemon and pear aromas are complemented by notes of green almond and white pepper. Focused and racy, offering spicy citrus pith and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of bitter quinine. Finishes on a dry, stony note, with very good tangy length. This is a really impressive freshman effort." (IWC)

Winery 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 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.