Looking at the 2011 reds and Paso Robles take on a Cotes du Rhone (and a good one), the 2011 Patelin de Tablas (52% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre and a splash of Counoise) offers up a great bouquet of crunchy black cherry fruit, roasted herbs, pan drippings and licorice that gives way to a medium-bodied, fresh and lively palate feel. Upfront, loaded with fruit, and yet also lively and fresh, this beauty should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming 3-4 years. Drink now-2017.
Wine Maker Notes
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas is a blend of four red Rhone varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from several of the top Rhone vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many red wines from the Rhone Valley, it is based on the dark fruit, mineral and spice of Syrah, with the brightness and fresh acidity of Grenache, the structure and meatiness of Mourvedre and a small addition of Counoise for complexity.