Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015
If you remember back a couple months ago, I did a wine from the 2015 Chateauneuf de Pape region of France. It was a white wine from a beautiful vintage. What a pleasure it was to come across a wine from the Paso Robles region of California, the same vintage and from a producer, the Perrin Family (Owner of Chateau de Beaucastel & winemaker for Miraval), that just so happens to be made in a very traditional Chateauneuf method.
From Tablas Creek Vineyards comes this striking blend of 4 of the Rhone varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. Coming together and fermented in stainless steel to preserve the crisp clean flavors and aromatics.
I've always loved white Rhone wines, especially those that have a slightly higher amount of Grenache Blanc (this is 56%). I think it gives the wine just a touch more fruit components and additional complexity. Wine Spectator must have thought the same as they rated the wine 93 points and a "Smart Buy."
I loved the soft yellow tinge of the wine followed by a citrus nose with a succinct rocky minerality which when drunk follows that same path. If you're a fan of that minerality driven Sauvignon Blanc style, you will adore this wine. The finish left me wanting more. I found this wine to be on par with the wine from Chateauneuf, and at a price of around $25 a bottle (that's about half the price of the French counterpart) it was well worth the investment and worthy of having it on hand in the cellar.
The wine was available, but with the rating it received, it may not be that way for too long.