“Amazed” is the word I would use when I realized that I have yet to ever re-review a wine. In some regards, it does make sense in that I try to review wines that are currently available so you, my one reader, has a chance to actually go out and purchase the wine. Thus making what I do, valuable.
But here I was drinking this wine that I had tucked away in my cellar (closet) for the last couple years (that’s not so unusual for reds, but this happened to be a white wine), when I thought to myself, ah, yes, I remember reviewing this wine, what a shame I can’t review it again! Wait! What! Why! It may not be available anymore, but it’s still a wine that’s made by the winery and a quick check of reviews and scores shows that it still should be a pretty good wine. Not quite the 93 Point review and Best Buy designation this wine received, but still 90+ scores!
Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015
Here is the link to my previous review done about two years ago. To put things in perspective, the current vintage out there that you’ll likely find is 2017 and garnering respectable scores of 90 and 91 from a couple of reviewers.
Hailing from the much-touted Paso Robles region in California, about midway between Santa Barbara and Monterey, this Rhone styles wine is made in the style from the Chateauneuf du Pape area of France. Blending the wine from Rhone varietals such as Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne and fermented in stainless steel to preserve the crisp clean flavors and aromatics (that’s the same wording I used in the original post, does that mean I’m plagiarizing myself?).
Just as before, I fell in love with this wine, although I did note that upon opening and my first sip or two, I did get a slight bitter, maybe quinine flavor, rest assured this blew off quickly revealing the citrus notes combined with nice minerality and that crisp acidity. Once again confirming my delight in Rhone whites, more so those that have a majority of Grenache Blanc.
For some really nice wines, you should consider wines from Paso Robles and surrounding areas as they produce some excellent wines, many in the style of the Rhone Valley in France. So why not just buy the real thing? You should consider both! The Rhone has had a string of excellent vintages that have produced great examples of their style. Likewise, California is right up there, although in general, I have found domestic wines to have a slight fruit edge over the French. Depending on your preference, that might help with your decision.
Either way, if you are looking for an interesting white, this example from Tablas Creek is a knockout!