2014 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
*Editors' Choice* This blend of 55% Syrah, 29% Grenache,10% Mourvèdre and 6% Counoise offers boisterous yet elegant aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and dried violet that are met with hints of crushed marjoram and white pepper. Once sipped, mulberry and exotic plum flavors mesh with wild mint on a brooding yet bright and fresh palate.
Brilliant red. High-pitched aromas of ripe red berries, cherry and fresh flowers; bright mineral and peppery spice scents build in the glass. Energetic and appealingly sweet, offering intense raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that are sharpened and lifted by tangy acidity. Silky tannins give shape to the clinging finish, which leaves notes of allspice and minerals behind. There's fabulous value here. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Reminding me of a quality Cotes du Rhone with its darker berry fruits, pepper, earth and wild herbs, the 2014 Patelin de Tablas (56% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Counoise) is medium-bodied, juicy and charming. It's an impeccably balanced red that's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years.. (JD)