2017 Tablas Creek "Patelin de Tablas Blanc" Paso Robles White Rhône Blend

SKU #1371613 91 points Vinous

 Pale gold. Mineral-accented orange, pear and white flowers on the perfumed nose, along with a gingery nuance that adds spicy lift. Taut citrus and orchard fruit flavors unfurl slowly and show hints of bitter quinine and anise that build slowly with air. Shows very good depth as well as energy on the finish, which echoes the mineral and citrus fruit notes. (JR)  (9/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Patelin de Tablas Blanc wafts from the glass with notes of rose water, preserved citrus and Provence herbs. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and flavorful, with succulent acids, a satiny texture and a pure finish. The 2017 is a blend of 44% Grenache Blanc, 29% Viognier, 12% Roussanne, 12% Marsanne and 3% Clairette Blanche. There were 4,200 cases produced, mostly from purchased fruit derived from Tablas Creek vine material. (WK)  (5/2018)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Year in and year out, this proprietary white blend for Tablas Creek impresses for both its freshness and winsome fruit, and so does it again in 2017. It is, as always, very well-balanced and wonderfully alive, and it is a wine that, while thoroughly tasty right now, will hold up and just might improve with a bit of age. Best of all, it comes with an inviting price and delivers plenty of fruity bang for the buck. *Good Value*  (3/2019)

Jeb Dunnuck

 I always love this cuvée, and the 2017 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is another winner. A blend of 44% Grenache Blanc, 29% Viognier, 12% Roussanne, 12% Marsanne, and the rest Clairette, it’s a balanced, lightly textured, charming effort that has forward notes of melon and citrus fruits, bright acidity, and a clean, elegant texture.  (11/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 Smooth and silky, this wine has autumnal flavors of butternut squash and ramen broth. It’s spicy and round, then a little bitter in the end, needing roast pork with apples to bring out its fruit.  (2/2019)

Wine Enthusiast

 Rounded aromas of lemon cream and banana meet with a touch of chalk and a crushed rock minerality on the nose of this blend of 44% Grenache Blanc, 29% Viognier, 12% Marsanne, 12% Roussanne and 3% Clairette Blanche. There is a compelling tension to the palate, giving structure to the tropical guava and lime-spray flavors. (MK)  (2/2019)

Wine Spectator

 Crisp and lively pear, lemon and lime flavors are precise and juicy, with a note of fresh chamomile on the finish. (MW)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of five white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Clairette Blanche. The wine incorporates fruit from nine top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure.

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By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2018 | Send Email
Such an incredibly well balanced white blend for the price; when talking about big names, quality fruit, and revered winemaking, not much can come close. Led by Grenache Blanc, this wine contrasts a supple mouthfeel with a perfect drop of acidity. Floral and fruity, this is your new weeknight sipper, either as a cocktail or with a plate of hummus and pita.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2018 | Send Email
I believe that white Rhone-style wines should and could dominate the white wine market; especially when they’re as good as these wines. The mélange of white grapes conspire to create such juicy, complex, and distinctive wines, it’s really hard not to love them. The incredible complexity of the wine comes from the unique and distinct parts that make up much more than the sum of the distinct parts. The result is a floral bouquet with wafts of light citrus and melon. This wine is hard not to fall in love with. I would recommend serving it with an avocado salad, a simple roast chicken, or a traditional bouillabaisse.

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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.