This week on Let’s Talk Wine we will be traveling to Sunny California in search of great white Rhone varietals!
Tablas Creek is a pioneer of California's “Rhone Movement,” the idea of bringing the grape varieties of the France’s Rhone Valley to California. Founded in 1989, Toblas Creek is the culmination of a friendship between two of the international wine community's leading families: the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. After a four-year search, the partners chose Paso Robles, California for its many topographical and climate similarities to the southern Rhone. Thus began the lengthy process of importing vine cuttings, building a grapevine nursery, and creating an estate vineyard from scratch.
Tablas Creek's certified organic estate vineyards are largely dry-farmed, limiting yields and emphasizing character of place. Winemaking, including native yeast fermentation and the use of large, neutral French oak barrels (foudres), preserves the wines' connection to the land and vintage
The Tablas Creek, ‘Patelin de Tablas Blanc’, is a blend of four white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The wine incorporates fruit from six top vineyards in Paso Robles. Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acid and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier added for floral and tropical aromatics. Small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne are added for structure.
The 2014 Patelin de Tablas Blanc leaps out of the glass with aromas of pineapple, ginger, and quince. While a briny mineral note emerges as you sip. In the mouth it is luscious with fresh nectarine, apple and honeycomb. The wine is super refreshing while being supported by a backbone of vibrant acidity. The finish is long, rich and dry, with lingering flavors of watermelon rind, sea spray and lemon zest. This wine pairs perfectly with Seafood cooked in garlic and white wine, Green salads, Scallops and flash fried fish
This wine can be found at Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes, Bluecoast in Reboboth, and Northeast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View.