Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2011
Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2011 Patelin de Tablas marries the spice, mineral and structure of Syrah with the generous fruit of Grenache, the backbone of Mourvedre and the brightness of Counoise.
Blend: 43% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, 15% Counoise
"Bright ruby. Pungent raspberry and cherry pit on the nose, with dark chocolate and violet notes adding complexity. Juicy red fruit flavors are energized by tangy acidity, picking up sweetness with air. Shows a zesty mineral quality on the long, juicy finish, which shows only a hint of tannins. This energetic wines drinks very well right now."
International Wine Cellar
Earth & Spicy
Like a great GSM - anything
Another great Tablas Creek offering for the price. Young but after a decanting opened very nicely and continued blossoming into the evening. A Paso Robles GSM at a great price. Bright red fruit with plenty structured backbone.
Earth & Spicy
Tasted twice (Late 2012, Late 2013). This is an excellent example of a fruity, approachable, easy-drinking GSM, provided courtesy of Tablas Creek, a producer defined by mellow, terroir-driven wines. It's a steal at this price. The style is almost anathema to the rest of Paso Robles. Minimal oak, nice earthiness mingled with juicy red fruit, fully exploiting the quality Mourvedre from the region (like France's Bandol). Unlike the "big and bold," alcohol-laden steroid syrahs and zins from other much heralded producers in the region, you can actually drink this wine and enjoy your food at the same time! Sweet!
It may have been the bottle, but this wine was a huge surprise, and not in the good way. It had character, but a bitter aftertaste, and components that did not really come together. For the price, there are many other examples of this blend in California with better results.
Learn About Tablas Creek Map It
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.
Learn About Central Coast
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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