The 2011 Patelin de Tablas marries the spice, mineral and structure of Syrah with the generous fruit of Grenache, the backbone of Mourvedre and the brightness of Counoise.
Blend: 43% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, 15% Counoise
Bright ruby. Pungent raspberry and cherry pit on the nose, with dark chocolate and violet notes adding complexity. Juicy red fruit flavors are energized by tangy acidity, picking up sweetness with air. Shows a zesty mineral quality on the long, juicy finish, which shows only a hint of tannins. This energetic wines drinks very well right now.
The Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, their importer since 1970, founded Tablas Creek Vineyard in 1990. They chose their 1600-foot elevation site in West Paso Robles' Las Tablas because of its chalky clay soils and its climate similar to the southern Rhone Valley. They imported selected French cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise and multiplied, grafted and planted their own vines, which they farm organically. This blended wine, in the image of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is 100% estate-grown and bottled.