2011 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise, the 2011 Esprit de Tablas has a core of sweet black raspberry and cassis that is cut by more savory, meaty nuances, pepper and spice. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with ripe tannin, it’s a more streamlined, fresh version of the cuvee that relies more on elegance and complexity than sheer depth and richness. It will have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, blood orange and peppery spices, with suave floral pastille nuances. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering lively dark fruit and floral pastille flavors underscored by hints of white pepper and allspice. Finishes long and gently tannic, with powerful notes of spicecake and dark fruit preserves
The 2011 Esprit de Tablas comes across as quite fresh and perfumed in this vintage. At the same time, the flavors aren't quite as vibrant as they usually are. Crushed flowers, dried cherries, leather and licorice are some of the notes that flow through to the soft finish. The slightly forward quality of the fruit suggests the 2011 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. In 2011 the blend is 40% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise.
In 2011, Tablas Creek made the decision to rename their signature "Esprit de Beaucastel" blend "Esprit de Tablas," signifying that they're standing on their own recognition.