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Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2016

Rhone White Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Côtes de Tablas Blanc has an intense nose of peach pit, wet rocks, white tea and tarragon. The mouth is really nicely balanced, as its initial brightness and flavors of nectarine, preserved lemon, and mineral turn richer on the mid-palate, with sweet spices coming out. The finish brightens up again with notes of pink grapefruit and lemon verbena.

Pair with mussels marinière, green salads with avocado and citrus dressing, scallops, ceviche, light fish (halibut, sole) with tropical salsa.

Blend: 43% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, 14% Marsanne, 3% Roussanne

Critical Acclaim

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This blend of 43% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, 14% Marsanne and 3% Roussanne shows a fascinating mineral tone, offering a grippy and yet still expressive wine. Aromas of Key lime and plaster of Paris lead into a dynamic palate of pink grapefruit pith, peach blossom and Rainier cherry, all set against a chalky backbone. Editors’ Choice.
V 92
Vinous
Vivid ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, succulent herbs and potpourri. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering energetic raspberry, cherry and succulent herb flavors sharpened by a lively mineral quality and a jolt of white pepper. Finishes long and spicy, with sneaky tannins that add shape and youthful grip.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blended of 43% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, 14% Marsanne and 3% Roussanne, the 2016 Cote de Tablas Blanc has an alluring nose of peach cobbler, marzipan and white pepper with a savory/mineral undercurrent of rising dough and crushed stones. Medium-bodied with great poise in the mouth, the palate is wonderfully minerally with a lively line delivering a long, refreshing finish.
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Tablas Creek

Tablas Creek Vineyard

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Tablas Creek Vineyard, Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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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.

Adelaida District

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Covering the Santa Lucia Range in the northwestern portion of the greater Paso Robles appellation, the Adelaida District AVA reaches from 900 feet to over 2,000 feet in elevation. The appellation does well with Rhone and Bordeaux varieties as well as Zinfandel.

Rhône White Blends

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Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions, proving most successful in Spain, Australia and California. Typically some combination of Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varyiong degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation.

In the Glass

Each variety contibutes something unique and different. Round, textural Grenache blanc gives green apple and white stone fruit flavors; weighty Marsanne adds structure and honeysuckle aromas; russet-colored Roussanne lends intriguing herbal, tea-like notes while Viognier provides a creamy texture and elegant aromatics. The flavor of the final wine will depend on the chosen components of the blend and their respective proportions.

Perfect Pairings

White Rhône blends are quite versatile food pairing wines and can work with light to medium rich meals that might often be matched to red wines. Heavier fish dishes with bold seasoning like grilled swordfish with caper butter or baked, herb-crusted mahi mahi are natural allies for these flavorful wines. Other ideal dishes include roast pork in mustard sauce, poached lobster with beurre blanc, or a rich and savory vegetable quiche. `

Sommelier Secret

In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common in the appellations of St.-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. Condrieu and Château-Grillet can produce single-varietal Viognier only. The Southern Rhône, on the other hand, has much more variety, with many more permitted grapes including the ones named above as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc.

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