Tablas Creek Vineyards Patelin de Tablas Blanc Review

This delightful blend of five different Rhone white grapes from six different wineries showcases the whole point of blending — to produce something better than the sum of its parts.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

Patelin de Tablas Blanc
Patelin de Tablas Blanc: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2021 Patelin de Tablas Blanc
Blend: 54% Grenache Blanc, 29% Viognier, 9% Marsanne, 7% Roussanne, 1% Bourboulenc
Region: Paso Robles, California
Vineyards: 38% Derby, 28% Fralich, 11% Pomar Junction, 8% Castoro, 8% Creston Ridge, 7% Tablas Creek
Retail price: $28
I consumed it: April 2023
My source: Tablas Creek Tasting Room

The Back Label

Patelin de Tablas BlancBack Label

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From this winery: Tablas Creek Vineyards

Region: Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

Wine color/style: White wine

Grape variety or blend: White blends

Tasting notes: Apple, Low acid, Mineral

Other characteristics: Food friendly

Patelin de Tablas Blanc: What I think

Tablas Creek Vineyards is renowned for their environment-forward approach to just about everything. In addition to being the first certified Regenerative Organic winery in the US, they dry farm a not-insignificant portion of their vineyard, and they have started putting their wines in boxes.

Their Patelin de Tablas wines (one rouge, one blanc, and rosé) are not "estate" wines (though they invariably include some estate fruit). Instead they’re sourced from excellent vineyards around Paso Robles. This Patelin de Tablas Blanc is notable to me because it’s one of my go-to white wines and it’s almost all "East Side" fruit (which I’m normally quick to poo-poo because no matter how hard I try not to be, I’m still a wine snob sometimes).

Anyway, this delightful blend of five different Rhone white grapes from six different wineries showcases the whole point of blending — to produce something better than the sum of its parts. Each grape contributes something meaningful to the finished product: Grenache blanc is acidity and tree fruit, the Viognier adds viscosity and floral notes, the Marsanne adds depth and a touch of bitterness, the Roussanne is similar, but more like Viognier, and well I’m not skilled enough to detect that 1% Bourbelanc — though I’ve had their Bourbelanc and it’s bright and fruity.

More specifically, I smelled white fruit (maybe nectarine from the Viognier) and enjoyed an appley mid-palate (the Grenache Blanc), a hint of Meyer lemon (hey, maybe that was the Bourbelanc!), and a nice minerality supported by mild acidity.

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Last updated: May 2, 2024

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