2011 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The only 2011 reviewed here, the 2011 Esprit de Tablas is meaty, earthy and chewy, with its Mourvedre component front and center. Made from 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise, it offers up notions of black fruits, peppered meats, earth and leather to go with a medium to full-bodied, juicy, and focused profile on the palate. Showing good, not great, levels of concentration, as well as plenty of integrated tannin, this is a much more streamlined vintage for this cuvee. It will be better in another year, and drink nicely through 2023. (JD)
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
Tablas Creek's 2011 Esprit de Tablas has become much more inward over the last year. Today, the wine is totally shut down, which makes me think it needs more bottle age than I thought it did last year. Dark red cherry, smoke, licorice and tobacco open up over time, but the 2011 is not totally expressive today. (AG)
Very dry and fairly tannic, it’s severe on first sip and hard to appreciate, although there are some good black cherry, cola, leather, oak and black pepper flavors. It’s complex in its own way, and gets better as it breathes in the glass. Give it a good, long decanting ...
Exhibits a complex, well-proportioned mix of road tar, dark berry, mocha, espresso and chicory, ending with a spicy tobacco edge. (Web-2014)
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.