2013 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1222550 93 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Deep, smoke-accented aromas of red and blue fruits, candied flowers and cracked pepper convey a slow-building mineral quality. At once rich and energetic, offering intense black raspberry and boysenberry compote flavors given spine by juicy acidity. Finishes spicy and impressively long, with velvety tannins arriving late and adding gentle grip. (JR)  (9/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Dried red cherries, dark strawberry, mulberry, light baking spice and freshly cracked pepper show on the nose of this balanced bottling of 40% Mourvèdre, 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache and 10% Counoise. The sip starts with a dusty character, and then lovely flavors of light purple fruit, lavender powder and intriguing florality ensue. It drinks great now, but will age marvelously. Enjoy from 2018-2033. (MK)  (9/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Two Stars** This year's version of Tablas Creek's flagship bottling is a serious wine of careful construction and great depth. It is both weighty and rich with layer upon layer of optimally ripened strawberries, raspberries and sympathetic sweet oak, and, while still on the youthfully tight side of things, it exhibits meticulous polish and extraordinary length. It is a wine of great potential that recalls the Southern Rhône's best, and, however impressive it may be at the moment, it is simply too young for prime time and begs for a half-dozen years of age.  (3/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The backbone of the estate is their Esprit de Tablas, and the 2013 Esprit de Tablas is a fresh, focused, ruby colored effort that offers plenty of black cherry, blackberry, ground herbs and pepper in a medium-bodied, yet big boned, firm and nicely concentrated package. Made from 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache and 10% Counoise, aged in foudre, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age to fill out, and will drink well over the following decade. 91+ (JD)  (8/2016)

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Rhone Blends

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United States

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5