2013 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1208052 Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star & a "Good Value"* There may be a note of candied simplicity to the wine, and its fraction of Syrah goes wholly unnoticed, but it more than makes up in vital young fruit for what it lacks in complexity and a light trim of spice keeps it in the Rhône camp. It is medium-full-bodied and balanced to firmness with a bit of tannin to lose, but it will do the trick in washing down grilled steaks in the short term and looks sure to improve for a couple of years.  (3/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Cotes du Rhône-like 2013 Patelin de Tablas Proprietary Red (a 5,900-case blend of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre and 4% Counoise) is peppery and meaty, with notes of Mediterranean herbs, chalky earthiness and a good spicy finish. (RP)  (8/2015)


 Bright violet color. Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas, with suggestions of spicecake and candied flowers adding complexity. On the palate, pliant red berry and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by a hint of cracked pepper that builds on the back half. The incisive finish is framed by fine-grained tannins and leaves a subtle floral pastille quality behind. (JR)  (8/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 The Rhône-focused producer sources from 10 vineyards for this blend of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre and 4% Counoise that offers aromas of cola, root beer, black currant and stewed boysenberry. It's tart and tight once sipped, with red sour-cherry flavors as well as a dried violet and leather character. (MK)  (12/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and full of lively fruit, with aromas of raspberry and smoky cinnamon leading to supple, sleek flavors of cherry, licorice and spice. (MW)  (7/2015)

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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 (%): 13.9