2018 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge

Year: 2018
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 91-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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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)

"Deep, shimmering ruby. Intensely perfumed raspberry, boysenberry, baking spice and lavender scents show outstanding clarity and mineral lift. Stains the palate with lively red/blue fruit, spice-cake and floral pastille flavors that steadily deepen through the midpalate, with no loss of energy. Clings with noteworthy tenacity on an impressively long, energetic finish that features harmonious tannins and resonating floral and mineral notes." (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.