2018 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 375 ml

Year: 2018
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93-95
Jeb Dunnuck: 91-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

40% Mourvèdre, 27% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 10% Counoise

"The 2018 Esprit de Tablas has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and a nose of stewed tea leaves, orange peel, boysenberries, fragrant forest floor and aniseed. It's medium-bodied, soft, silky and juicy with perfumed fruits and a long finish." (WA)

"Bright magenta. Powerful black and blue fruit, pungent floral and spice qualities on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, blueberry and spice flavors that pick up a smoky overtone with air. There's a compelling blend of richness and energy here. Fine-grained tannins lend gentle grip to a very long, lively finish that leaves behind a sexy violet pastille note." (VM)

"The 2018 Esprit De Tablas (40% Mourvèdre, 27% Syrah, 23% Grenache, and 10% Counoise) offers a pure, clean bouquet of red and black fruits, ground pepper, crushed flowers, and spice box. With medium to full body, building, fine tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish, it should be approachable on release and age for 15+ years or more. While there’s plenty to like in the lineup, I was unquestionably disappointed in the 2017s from Tablas Creek. This was the poorest showing I’ve seen from this estate to date and compared to past vintages, the wines are simple and lack concentration. It gives me no pleasure to say it as it’s a great team and great people, but the wines should be better." (JD)

Winery Notes:
A deep brooding Mourvedre nose of loamy redcurrant and roasted meats, new leather and black plum. The mouth shows spicy licorice and nutmeg lift over baked plums and Mourvedre's signature plum skin tannin maintaining balance with the wine's mouth-coating texture. The long, richly tannic finish, with lingering flavors of wood smoke, roasted meat, and crushed rock, promises more rewards to come with cellar aging. We recommend that you drink either between now and 2023 or again starting in 2026 any time over the subsequent two decades.