2015 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blanc
Vibrant and mouthwatering, with green apple, Meyer lemon and dried pineapple favors 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.
This 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.
Pale yellow. Anjou pear and tangerine on the incisive, mineral-tinged nose. Silky, taut and focused, offering lemon pith, green apple and honeysuckle flavors and a touch of fennel. Closes with firm grip and very good, tangy persistence, leaving floral and orchard fruit notes behind. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The entry level white is the 2015 Patelin de Tablas Blanc, which is mostly Grenache Blanc, yet incorporates 23% Viognier, 13% Roussanne and 9% Marsanne. Brought up all in stainless steel, it's a fresh, exotic, medium-bodied effort that gives up lots of Meyer lemon, orange blossom and salty notes. Buy it by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming year or two. (JD)
Since 1994 Tablas Creek have been dedicated to making the best Rhone varietal wines in the US and they are doing one fine job of pulling it off creating some of the best Rhone-styled wines you are ever going to find outside of their homeland. The Patelin series is a newer, entry tier, brand from Tablas that uses purchased fruit from numerous vineyards, along with a small amount of estate fruit. But there is a twist here, all of the vineyards they buy fruit from are vineyards that purchased clones and cuttings from Tablas Creek to plant their vineyards in the first place. This year's Patelin is an effusive and fun blend of 56% Grenache Blanc, 23% Viognier, 12% Roussanne and 9% Marsanne that is as drinkable and crowd pleasing as any white Rhone blend on the market today. (Bryan Brick, K&L)