2012 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
A big, explosive wine, the 2012 Esprit de Tablas is warm and ample on the palate, very much in the style of the year, yet there is plenty of power lying in reserve. In 2012, Syrah plays a larger role than in both the 2010 and 2011, which is felt in the wine broad, expansive personality. This is going to be a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
While the 2010 and 2011 had plenty of Grenache, the 2012 Esprit de Tablas incorporates additional Syrah to compensate for the forward, supple nature of the vintage. A blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 21% Grenache and the balance Counoise, this solid looking barrel sample has classic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with plenty of licorice, violets and minerality. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and streamlined, with solid underlying tannic grip, it’s about as feminine an example of this cuvee as I can remember tasting. It should evolve well on its balance, but it’s not one to hide away either. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Fresh dark berries, licorice, olive, woodsmoke and candied violet on the deeply perfumed nose. Very concentrated and juicy but lively as well, with juicy acidity giving energy and lift to its blackberry and cassis flavors. The long, sappy finish features slow-building tannins, a touch of bitter chocolate and lingering smokiness.
Graceful and delicately complex, with a lively core of bright acidity that plays up a floral boysenberry aroma. Offers sleek flavors of raspberry, smoked spice and subtle bitter chocolate. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Counoise. Drink now through 2021. 4,400 cases made.
This blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 21% Grenache and 9% Counoise shows a dense core of fruit on the fresh, tart nose, with blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, as well as lava rocks and a licorice lift. The palate is all about texture, with good acidity and grip containing the purple fruit flavors.
In 2011, Tablas Creek made the decision to rename their signature "Esprit de Beaucastel" Rhône blend "Esprit de Tablas," signifying that they're standing on the winery's own recognition.