Tablas Creek, Patelin de Tablas Rosé, Paso Robles, California, 2020 through Merchant of Wine.

Tablas Creek, Patelin de Tablas Rosé, Paso Robles, California, 2020

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Overview of the Wine
Tablas Creek is the realization of the combined efforts of two of the international wine community’s leading families: the Perrin family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel, and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. Equally owned and run by the two families, the partnership begun in 1987 remains today as ever, even as the next generation of Haases and Perrins have stepped into leadership roles over recent decades.

To ensure that the vines at Tablas Creek were of the highest quality and same genetic source of those at Beaucastel, the partners imported vinifera from the French estate. Several clones each of Mourvédre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Counoise, Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc were imported, as well as a variety of rootstocks. This diversity allows Tablas Creek to replicate the clonal selection of an established French vineyard.

In January 1990, the first vine cuttings were imported from France. Before arriving at Tablas Creek, they underwent a USDA-mandated three year indexing process that ensured that the vines were virus-free; the first imported vines were available for multiplication at Tablas Creek in 1993. In 2003 the partners decided to complete the Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape collection. These seven varieties (Cinsaut, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Vaccarese, Picardan, Clairette Blanche, and Bourboulenc) are now all in the vineyard at Tablas Creek and available to other interested growers.

PRODUCTION NOTES
Grapes for the Patelin de Tablas Rosé are sourced from three Paso Robles appellations. Two are rich in limestone: the warmer, higher-elevation Adelaida District near Tablas Creek and the moderate, hilly El Pomar to our south-east. These regions provide structured, mineral-laced fruit and excellent acidity. The moderate-to-warm Creston area east of Templeton produces grapes with generous fruit and spice.

The 2020 vintage began benignly, with a cool spring that delayed bud break to a little after normal, and continued below-average temperatures through July. Beginning in August, the weather turned hot, accelerating ripening and producing intense flavors. The state's terrible fires stayed well north of us, and the harvest finished early, under a compressed timeline but good conditions. The vintage shows concentrated flavors and a distinctive savory, spicy character.

The bulk of the Patelin de Tablas Rosé is Grenache, supplemented with Mourvèdre and Counoise to provide some deeper fruit tones and additional spice. 80% of the wine was picked and direct-pressed into stainless steel tanks with no skin contact beyond the time in the press. The remaining 20% was picked cold, early in the morning or at night, then de-stemmed and let soak for the work day to provide some color and structure. After about 12 hours, these lots were pressed and added to the direct-press lots. Only native yeasts were used in the fermentation. After fermentation, the wines were blended and cold-stabilized, and bottled in January 2021.

Grape / Blend
74% Grenache
20% Mourvèdre
6% Counoise

Origin
Paso Robles, California

Tasting Notes
The 2020 Patelin de Tablas Rosé is a vibrant light peach color. On the nose are spicy aromatics of nectarine, mandarin pith, sea spray, and crushed rock. The mouth is bright with flavors of yellow raspberry and blood orange, with mouthwatering acidity giving focus to a long finish with flavors of pink grapefruit, briny mineral, and a citrus blossom florality. 

Product Size: 750ml

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