Rosé season is in full bloom, although truth be told, it’s Rosé season for me pretty much year-round for me! With that in mind, I’m cranking up my annual series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings. It’s my quest for the best Pink Porch Pounders for $20 or less! This week’s Rosé is the 2013 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé.
Tablas Creek Vineyard (“TCV”) is probably the best-known of all Paso Robles wineries specializing in Rhone style wines. It is a partnership between Robert Haas, and the Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf du Pape region in France. What I find interesting about TCV is that they specifically chose to establish themselves in Paso Robles because of the similarities of the soil conditions and climate of Paso Robles to Chateauneuf du Pape. They went as far as to import vines from Chateauneuf du Pape. The vines were propagated and grafted in their on-site nursery and used to plant their 120 acre organic vineyard. Check the full story here.
Tablas Creek (“TCV”) is no newcomer to Rosé. Unlike many relative newcomers who have hopped aboard the dry Rosé bandwagon as of late, TCV has been producing a Rosé since 1999. And that’s no surprise given their association with Chateau de Beaucastel in the Southern Rhone region in France – the spiritual home of Rosé.
Like most rosé wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the bright strawberry fruit and fresh acidity of Grenache, with additions of darker fruit, structure and spice from Mourvèdre and Counoise.
As they did last year, Tablas Creek produced two Rosés for 2013. This bottling is part of their excellent value-oriented Patelin de Tablas line, which also includes white and red Rhone blends.
This year, it’s a blend of 73% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise sourced from seven top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles.
Retail – $20; 14.1% alcohol; 1540 Cases Produced
My tasting notes follow:
Pale pink color with strawberry, cherry, dried rose aromas. On the palate it approached medium-bodied, and is fresh with strawberry, cherry, and spiced citrus flavors underscored with a bit of minerality. Lingering finish. 14% alcohol.
Rating: A-: A perennial favorite that’s on the verge of excellence, and continues to deliver! Will buy more!
Sample purchased for review
(A) – 92-95/Outstanding
(A-) – 89-91/Very Good to Outstanding
(B+) – 86-88/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail
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