2010 Andrew Murray "Espérance" Central Coast Rhône Blend
Pure and complex, marked by grapey wild berry and blackberry, spice and crushed rock, firming with chewy tannins. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Best from 2013 through 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Esperance is gorgeous. It boasts dimensions of juiciness and depth that are missing from some of the other 2010s. Dark plums, cherries, licorice and oak meld together beautifully in this juicy, exuberant Rhone blend. In 2010, Esperance is 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. It is without question one of the finest Rhone-blends produced in California in its price range. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(60% grenache, 25% syrah and 15% mourvedre): Dark ruby. Intensely perfumed scents of black raspberry, boysenberry, sassafras and candied flowers. Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering energetic cherry and dark berry flavors with a touch of bitter chocolate. The floral note comes back on the very long, smoky finish, which features a suave floral quality and fine-grained tannins.