2012 Tablas Creek "Côtes de Tablas Blanc" Paso Robles White Rhône Blend

SKU #1154522 89-91 points Antonio Galloni

 Another super-inviting wine, the 2012 Cotes de Tablas Blanc is all about texture at this point. Apricot, peach, melon and spice notes flesh out in an inviting, layered white full of personality and character. There is plenty of promise here. The 2012 is approximately 34% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 29% Grenache Blanc and 6% Roussanne. I tasted the 2012 from barrel. ...General Manager Jason Haas describes 2012 as a much warmer year than 2011, but without any heat spikes. Tablas Creek will bottle some of their single-variety wines, although I did not taste them during my visit. The estate has also decided to regraft their Chardonnay parcel with Counoise, so there will be no more Chardonnay. As always, Jason Haas and his team led by long-time winemaker Neil Collins have done an outstanding job with a range of wines that spans from inexpensive bottlings all the way up to the flagships. One of the major developments at Tablas Creek is the estate's decision to remove references to Chateau de Beaucastel, their Rhone partner, from wine names and labels. This move is significant for many reasons. First, Tablas Creek's wines have stood on their own for years. But I believe there is a broader context, intentional or not. And that is that Paso Robles as a region has to make wines that can succeed on their merits rather than being California versions of Rhone wines. Personally, I think that is a great message.  (7/ 2013)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made from 34% Viognier, 30% Marsanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and the balance Roussanne, the 2012 Cotes de Tablas (barrel sample) looks outstanding and, as normal, should represent a superb value. Stone fruits, green herbs, crushed flowers, fresh cream and mineral all emerge from the glass and this medium to full-bodied white has a layered, rich texture that cleans up nicely on the finish. It will drink well for 2-3 years after release. Drink 2014-2016. Certainly a reference point for Paso Robles, Tablas Creek continues to produce wines in a restrained, age-worthy and savory style that sets them apart. (JD)  (8/ 2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (34% viognier, 30% marsanne, 30% grenache blanc and 6% roussanne): Light yellow. Fresh pear, melon and iodine on the perfumed floral- and mineral-accented nose. Round, fleshy and smooth in texture, with spicy pear and citrus fruit flavors enlivened by tangy minerality. At once rich and lively, with very good finishing clarity and spicy persistence.  (12/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Shows terrific purity to the lemon, grapefruit and ripe peach flavors, smooth, crisp and intense, finishing with notes of floral, jasmine and white pepper. Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Drink now. 1,560 cases made.  (4/ 2014)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13