Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015
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# 26 TOP 100 WINE OF YEAR 2017 WINE SPECTATOR: In 1989, importer Robert Haas, Jean-Pierre Perrin and François Perrin of Rhône Valley fame, established Tablas Creek Vineyard west of Paso Robles, on California's Central Coast. Named after the small creek running through the property, the 120-acre site twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean shares many of the same characteristics as the Perrins' Rhône estate. The shallow, rocky limestone soils are of the same geologic origin as those at Beaucastel, and the Mediterranean climate of hot summer days and cold nights is ideal for Rhone-style grapes. The influence of the nearby Pacific cools the nights and lengthens the growing season, while the site's 1500-foot elevation keeps the vineyard above the coastal fog.
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of five white Rhône varietals: 56% Grenache Blanc, 23% Viognier, 12% Roussanne and 9% Marsanne. 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.
Wine SpectatorThis vibrant and mouthwatering white shows green apple, Meyer lemon and dried pineapple flavors that are fresh and juicy. Lemon verbena and lime sherbet notes reverberate on the long, detailed finish. Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. Drink now. 2,920 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThis blend of 56% Grenache Blanc, 23% Viognier, 12% Roussanne and 9% Marsanne from nine vineyards offers a pretty nose that mixes Key lime, honeydew, just-ripe nectarine and lily florality. It's bright and fresh on the tightly wound and texturally intriguing sip, with lime pith and lemongrass flavors.