2015 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge

Year: 2015
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 93-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 92-94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

49% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache, 21% Syrah, 5% Counoise

"Precise and well-structured, yet savory and expressive, with loamy mineral, dried cherry, smoky anise and black pepper flavors that build complexity toward broad-shouldered tannins. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2026. 2,850 cases made." (WS)

"Composed of 49% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 21% Syrah and 5% Counoise, the 2015 Esprit de Tablas offers up a medium garnet-purple color and nose of dusty earth, moss-covered bark, black tea and charcoal with baked currants and mulberries plus a touch of spice box. Full-bodied, firmly structured and expressive in the mouth, it presents lovely savory and black berry layers with a lingering earthiness on the finish. 3,140 cases were made." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Smoke- and spice-tinged red and black fruits, incense and potpourri on the highly perfumed nose. Plush, seamless and expansive on the palate, offering intense raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors and a repeating floral quality. Rich but impressively graceful as well, showing litheness and cut thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Displays superb energy and focus on the very persistent, fruit-driven finish, which is framed and firmed by dusty, slow-building tannins." (VM)

"A wine that's being bottled now, the 2015 Esprit de Tablas is a juicy, vibrant example of the cuvee that's made from a blend 49% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 21% Syrah, 5% Counoise. It's the most Mourvèdre dominated example, and this is due to the later flowering varieties being less affected by shatter in the Spring. Black cherries, black raspberries, spring flowers, pepper and hints of earth all emerge from this youthful, medium to full-bodied, juicy wine that's going to need short term cellaring." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The 2015 Esprit de Tablas has an inviting nose of warm berry compote, given complexity by sun-drenched bay leaf and newly turned earth: Mourvedre at its most appealing. The mouth is lush and dense, with big but refined tannins, and flavors of licorice, blackberry, and cedar. Mourvedre's characteristic meatiness is in the background at this point, but just waiting for a few years in bottle to emerge. Alternatingly bright and deep on the finish, with lingering flavors of wood smoke, plum skin and spice.