Saturday, April 28, 2012

2010 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc

The 2010 Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas, Paso Robles is a delicious blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 33% Viognier, 10% Roussanne and 10% Marsanne from a combination of estate vineyards and purchased fruit. Light golden in color, the aromatics are a bewildering array of butter, pear peel, mineral, braised fennel bulb and spring flowers with the fennel notes becoming more dominant as the wine approaches room temperature. Palate more or less mimics the nose. Terrific acidity and an unctuous, oily texture that just doesn't quit. Really best at room temperature or with just a slight chill. The rich, oily texture really seals the deal on this one. Throwing quite a bit of tartrates. Stunning wine for $20.

Had this tonight with an Asian-marinated, grilled pork tenderloin, steamed green beans and wild rice. The wine really didn't do anything for the food, but that's all on me. This would've knocked it out of the park with some crab cakes or any number of salmon dishes.

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