2010 Tablas Creek Paso Robles Picpoul Blanc

SKU #1077785

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."

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 By: CH |  Review Date: 10/15/2011 
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Gorgeous. Lemon, apple, mineral finish, good body. Not as high in acid as French examples of Picpoul, more like how what want unoaked Chardonnay to taste like but never get.

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Other White Wines

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United States

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.