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2012 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1179514 93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2014)

92-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Made from 40% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 21% Grenache and the balance Counoise, the 2012 Esprit de Tablas is an elegant, supple and medium to full-bodied red that excels on is lively pure texture and overall elegant personality. Revealing perfumed notes of sweet cherries, black raspberries, ground herbs and underbrush, this moderately concentrated, balanced and overall pretty Paso Robles red will evolve nicely through 2022. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (TF) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

K&L Notes

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.


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