Tablas Creek Vineyard Clairette Blanche 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: FIRST-RATE dry California white wine that’s an excellent value.

Producer/Winery: Tablas Creek Vineyard; Paso Robles, California.

Grape Variety: Clairette Blanche.

Geographic Appellation: Adelaida District; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $24.00 (with a club discount)

Purchased From: Tablas Creek Vineyard tasting room; Paso Robles, California.

Paired With: Pork stir fry with cauliflower, four different bell peppers, onions, and carrots; highlighted with soy sauce and fresh ginger; basmati rice.

    Chilled before opening. Clear, very, very light wheat straw color. Light aromas of baked apple and fragile citrus, and Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) in the spring. Lively yet tight, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Vibrant flavors of unripe melon, Granny Smith apple and uncooked Kieffer pear start strong and continue to grow all the way past the finish. Dry, crisp acidity and a robust chalky mineral framework all carry through a long tart finish with a persistent aftertaste. Great paired with the stir fried pork dinner and a very satisfying sipping wine after the dinner when the robust mineral character shinned. FIRST-RATE dry California white wine that’s an excellent value.

(Clockwise from left): Tablas Creek Vineyard founder Robert Haas, winemaker Neil Collins, Cesar Perrin, Francois Perrin and general manager Jason Haas at Tablas Creek. The vineyard is owned in partnership with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel.
Photo from Tablas Creek Vineyard.

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See also: Other Tablas Creek Vineyard wines we have reviewed.

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Screw cap.

UPC Code: NA

Imported by: NA

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