Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles 2014

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Paso Robles

Varietal   White Blend

Retail Price   $20

ABV   13.3%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, pale golden straw color.

Aromatics

The nose is subtle but complex with interwoven waves of fresh citrus, pear, and grapefruit with supporting notes of tropical fruits, mineral, green melon, and hints of candied ginger.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a fresh and vibrant fruit core with generous portions of citrus and mineral to keep it very fresh and lively.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied with perfect balance and long lingering flavors that are never weighty.

Cool Factor

A

Tablas Creek is a unique winery in California seamlessly marrying Old World and New World winemaking and setting the standard for Rhône varietals in California. What could be cooler?

Value Grade

A

It's hard to find white blends that are put together this well and offer a level of complexity often reserved for red wines. The Patelin Blanc answers the call.

Analysis

This complex and tasty white is a careful blend of four varietals: 49% Grenache Blanc, 31% Viognier, 12% Roussanne, and 8% Marsanne. I greatly appreciate that the trio of Tablas Creek white Rhône inspired blends are not simply a tier one through three in price and quality rather a unique wine with differing varietals in the lead. The Patelin Blanc is wonderfully refreshing and I dare say quaffable without compromising integrity. 92 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

Sip chilled in a glass as an aperitif or pair it with mussels, seared scallops, or chicken salad.

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