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

SKU #1278490 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)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2014 Esprit de Tablas checks in as a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Counoise. I actually like this almost as much as the more expensive Panoplie and it reminds me of a Châteauneuf du Pape from Vieux Télégraphe. Offering lots of minerality and hints of salinity, with ripe black raspberries, currants, pepper and olive aromas and flavors, it has medium to full-bodied richness, good acidity and ripe tannin. It's far from unapproachable today, but will be better in 2-3 years and keep for a decade. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Counoise, the 2014 Esprit de Tablas has a medium garnet-purple color and opens with fragrant dried roses, Ceylon tea and tobacco leaf notes over a core of black cherries, anise and black earth, plus a touch of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins and lively acid, it offers a solid, muscular core of earthy flavors and a long finish with some pepper notes coming through. (LPB)  (9/2017)

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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