Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles 2016

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Paso Robles

Varietal   White Blend

Retail Price   $25

ABV   13%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, medium green/gold color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of white peach, kiwi, and pineapple with supporting notes of honeysuckle and slate.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a tropical fruits-driven core with flavors of passion fruit and orange peel. The finish lingers with subtle pear and citrus accents.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a vibrant texture.

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

B

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 five varietals: 52% Grenache Blanc, 24% Viognier, 12% Roussanne, 9% Marsanne, and 3% Clairette Blance. 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 perfectly balanced offering versatility at the dinner table. 92 points.

How to Enjoy

Sip chilled in a glass as an aperitif or pair it with both simple and complex seafood dishes, poultry, and most anything in a lemon sauce.

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