2014 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (375ml)

SKU #1278490 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the few times where there's almost as much Grenache in the blend as Mourvedre (Jason commented that the Grenache was just that good), the ruby colored 2014 Esprit de Tablas is made from 40% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Counoise, and was aged mostly in foudre. It reveals solid aromatics of garrigue, black raspberries, pepper and violets to go with a medium to full-bodied, bright, fresh style on the palate. Again, there's some chewy tannin present, yet I suspect they'll round into form once in bottle. (JD)  (8/2016)

92-93 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. High-pitched red and dark berry scents display excellent clarity and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Juicy and focused on the palate; intense, appealingly sweet cherry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors show a suave blend of weight and vivacity. Finishes with impressive energy and cut, delivering dusty, late-arriving tannins and lingering spiciness. (JR)  (9/2016)

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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