Jeb Dunnuck 90
“A beautiful, classic white from this team is the 2020 Patelin De Tablas Blanc, which is 40% Grenache Blanc, 21% Viognier, 19% Roussanne, and the rest Marsanne and Clairette. Nicely concentrated and medium-bodied, with beautiful notes of lemon curd, white flowers, and some toasty nuances, I’d gladly drink a bottle.”-JD
“A nose of minty nectarine complicated by pink grapefruit pith and a little sweet wheatgrass nuttiness. On the palate, the first impression is creamy, like vanilla custard, then bright with apricot fruit and meyer lemon brightness. The pithy bite comes back out on the finish, which combines with the wine's refreshing acids to make a long, clean finish with lingering notes of stone fruit and sweet green herbs.
Blend: 40% Grenache Blanc, 21% Viognier, 19% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne, 5% Clairette Blanche
Ideal food pairings include seafood cooked with garlic and white wine, green salads with avocado and citrus dressing, lemon chicken, scallops, and light-fleshed fish with tropical salsa.”-Winemaker Notes
“Tablas Creek is a pioneer of California’s Rhone movement. Founded in 1989, it is the culmination of a friendship between two of the international wine community’s leading families dating back to 1967: the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. After a four-year search, the partners chose Paso Robles, California for its many similarities to the Southern Rhone and began the lengthy process of importing vine cuttings, building a grapevine nursery, and creating an estate vineyard from the ground up. Today, the vineyards at Tablas Creek are proudly Biodynamic® and organic certified by Demeter USA.”-Winery Notes
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The Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, their importer since 1970, founded Tablas Creek Vineyard in 1990. They chose their 1600-foot elevation site in West Paso Robles' Las Tablas because of its chalky clay soils and its climate similar to the southern Rhone Valley. They imported selected French cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise and multiplied, grafted and planted their own vines, which they farm organically. This blended wine, in the image of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is 100% estate-grown and bottled.