2011 Tablas Creek "Esprit Blanc de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Easily my favorite of the 2011 whites, and comprised of 64% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc and 10% Picpoul Blanc, the 2011 Esprit Blanc de Tablas offers up a beautifully clear, detailed and balanced profile with plenty of white peach, orange rind, buttered toast, cream and hints of hazelnut all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, silky and polished on the palate, with excellent acidity and freshness, this beauty can be consumed now, or cellared for a decade. Drink now-2026.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(64% roussanne, 26% grenache blanc and 10% picpoul): Pale gold. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe orchard and pit fruits, white flowers and minerals. Round and seamless on the palate, offering intense poached pear and peach flavors lifted by a note of orange zest. Rich but not at all heavy, finishing sappy, spicy and very long.
Balanced and refreshing, this offers a toasted element, complementing the Meyer lemon, melon and peach flavors, rounded out by a lush body, juicy details and floral and mineral touches. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc. Drink now.