The Fruit of Vine Cuttings from Sacred Rhône Soils
“It’s easy to drink yet intellectual as well.” That’s how Wine Enthusiast describes this under-$25 “Editors’ Choice” “Patelin de Tablas” red. It’s also brimming with near-mythic pedigree. Tablas Creek Vineyard is backed by the famous Perrin family of legendary Château de Beaucastel. In the 1970s, like Christian Moueix of Petrus and Aubert De Villaine of Romanée-Conti, the Perrins looked to California’s stellar terroir to expand their regal wine empire. They brought vine cuttings from Beaucastel, their iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate, directly to Paso Robles, and built Tablas Creek into a pillar of the region. This “expansive” and “seductive” 2015 Patelin de Tablas is sourced from four distinct areas within the Paso Robles AVA, and boasts a deep, Syrah-heavy backbone and the early drinking smoothness of ripe Central Coast Grenache. In the stellar 2015 vintage, this resulted in an “expertly-balanced but boisterously-flavored” red blend that we love and know you will too. Just $21.99 per bottle. 125 cases.
In the 1990s, Château de Beaucastel’s Perrin family and their American importer Robert Haas sought a prime West Coast location for Rhône varieties, and found Paso Robles and its limestone-rich soils and Mediterranean climate.
Cuttings were brought over from the Beaucastel estate, and ever since, Tablas Creek has been a torch-bearer for the region that is now synonymous with New World Rhône excellence. The Wine Advocate’s former Rhône expert, Jeb Dunnuck, long a fan of Tablas’s high-end lineup, marveled at wines like Tablas’s Patelin, praising “their ability to evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade,” and offered an unqualified endoresement for stacking Patelin head-high in the cellar: “These are fabulous wines that will certainly stand up to the best coming out of the Rhône Valley in France.”