2010 Tablas Creek Paso Robles Picpoul Blanc
This is Tablas Creek's fourth bottling of Picpoul Blanc, the varietal best known for the crisp, citrusy wines of the Pinet in the Languedoc (Picpoul literally means 'lip stinger' in France) where Picpoul de Pinet it is a popular white wine aperitif. It is also one of the approved white Rhone varietals for traditional Châteauneuf du Pape blends. In warm Paso Robles, this varietal becomes a bit more friendly, gaining fleshiness and taking on richer tropical aromas and flavors while losing some of its acidic bite. Whole cluster pressed and fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel, Tablas Creek's 2010 Picpoul is fragrant, refreshing, and food-friendly; try it with fish tacos, halibut ceviche, or Thai lemongrass chicken. Winemaker's Notes: "The 2010 Picpoul Blanc shows powerful aromas of pineapple, white flowers, grilled citrus and caramel. In the mouth it is brightly acidic with flavors of pina colada broadened by a hint of toast, a lush texture surprising for those who only know Picpoul from France, then reverting to brightness on a lemony, mineral-laced finish."