WINE OF THE WEEK: 2011 Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc; from Paso Robles, California; costs $18 to $22; serve with grilled shrimp, seafood pasta and risotto.
Patelin is evidently French slang for "country neighborhood."
It's also the name Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles gave to their newish line of Rhone-style white and red sourced from their own and neighbors' grapes. Many of them have planted cuttings from Tablas Creek, which came originally from the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate Chateau de Beaucastel.
By blending their grapes with those of their neighbors, Tablas Creek can produce this terrific Rhone-style white at a great price for the quality. This vintage, the second, is a blend of grenache blanc with viognier, roussanne and a touch of marsanne. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine is crisp and aromatic, with aromas of white peach and honeysuckle. It's definitely not shy, and it has an appealing minerality that makes it ideal with shellfish, grilled shrimp or whole fish, seafood pasta and risotto