90+ Bargains: Tablas Creek Rose and Oysters Anyone?

August 21, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Several weeks ago, I was sitting on the porch at Tablas Creek Winery in Paso Robles, CA drinking their Patelin de Tablas Rose and eating Beausoleil oysters.  As U.S. wine drinkers  finally discover the beauty of Rose, Tablas Creek will be at the top of the list of domestic rose, without a doubt.  You see, they were founded by the Perrin family, owners of the famed Beaucastel estate, who have, along with the rest of the developed world, enjoyed rose for years.

Until a couple of years ago, Tablas Creek produced exclusively estate wines.  But as their wines became more exclusive (and expensive), demand from restaurants and the general public increased.  So Tablas started their “Patelin de Tablas” line using mostly sourced fruit from nearby vineyards, many of which have Tablas Creek rootstock planted throughout their vineyards.  The result is a value priced (under $20) line of wines that covers the color spectrum with a white, a red and a rose.

The rose is my favorite of the three with bright strawberries on the nose leading into a mineral tinged palate that Tablas Creek is known for.  Despite it’s modest price tag, I think this is one of the best domestic roses in the country.  Hopefully my fellow Americans agree and jump on the rose bandwagon with me.  It’s filling up quickly…

Buy Here: 2012 Patelin de Tablas Rose $16.95

Wine Spectator 90 points

“Zesty yet delicate in style, offering a light peach hue, plus aromas of dried cherry and wild flower, with crisp flavors of apricot, watermelon and loamy spice. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Drink now. 1,200 cases made.”

Wine Advocate 89 points

“Made in a fresh, dry Provencal style, the 2012 Rose Patelin de Tablas sports a light salmon color to go with juicy, edgy aromas of orange blossom, citrus rind and wild herbs on the nose. Medium-bodied, round and supple on the palate with juicy, refreshing acidity, it’s hard to resist and is a perfect summer quaffer. The blend is 75% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 5% Counoise. [Drink now-2013]”

International Wine Cellar 89 points

“($20) (75% grenache, 20% mourvedre and 5% counoise): Pale orange-pink. Zesty orange peel and strawberry scents show very good clarity and pick up a deeper cherry quality with air. Dry and racy on the palate, boasting good lift and cut to its bitter cherry and red berry flavors. The citrus note comes back on the taut, sharply focused finish.” (IWC)


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