Tablas Creek 2011 Patelin de Tablas

Posted on September 21, 2014

The site of Tablas Creek Vineyard was chosen for its similarities to the French wine growing region of Chateauneuf du Pape. The Perrin family and Robert Haas purchased the property in 1989 and imported varietals from their Chateau de Beaucastel estate, establishing a nursery to propagate their vines. Their nursery produced all the vines used to plant their own 100 acres of organic vineyards, and helped spread new Rhone varietals in California by offering vines for sale to other interested local growers.

The 1997 vintage was the first produced under the Tablas Creek Vineyard label. They have continued to aim for the production of wines in the traditional Chateauneuf du Pape style. Their estate vineyards remain the core of their production, particularly their much sought-after limited production wines that are only available direct from their winery. Their Patelin de Tablas wines are a recent additional to their extensive offerings, and combines fruit from their own vineyards with some sourced from other local growers.


Winery - Tablas Creek Vineyard

Location - Paso Robles, California

Wine - Tablas Creek 2011 Patelin de Tablas

Grape Varieties - Syrah, Grenache, Mourcedre, Counoise

Appellation - Paso Robles

Alcohol - 13.7% v/v

Price -$18 USD

Nose/Aroma - Bright red fruit and violet floral notes. Reductive upon opening, took a while to open up.

Palate/Flavors - Raspberry and red fruit backed with violets and spice, also a certain earthiness marries in well. Medium-bodied wine with nice acid structure. Felt it was slightly hollow when I first tried it, but well balanced overall and nice finish of dark cherries.

Food Pairing - Ribeye steak with peppercorn sauce.

Comments - Tablas Creek has helped lead the Rhone Ranger movement amongst California Central Coast. This is a great medium price-point wine.