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2016 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1380508 94-95 points Vinous

 Bright violet. Smoke-accented cherry and blackberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied licorice, musky rhubarb and cracked pepper. Chewy and broad on entry and then tighter in the midpalate, offering concentrated dark berry preserve and spicecake flavors and a sweet touch of candied violet. Closes on a recurring floral note, showing impressive persistence and suave, even tannins. (JR)  (9/2018)

94 points James Suckling

 Violets, rose petals, fresh blueberries, crushed stones, oyster shell and dried spices. Full-bodied with a tangy core of berry fruit, firm and structured tannins and a spicy finish. Drink in 2020.  (5/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Combines structure with polish and substance, offering expressive raspberry, garrigue and smoked spice flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. (TF)  (1/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Esprit de Tablas contains more Syrah than has been the norm in recent years, a reflection of its unusually fine quality in this vintage. A blend of 46% Mourvèdre, 31% Syrah, 18% Grenache and 5% Counoise, the wine reveals youthful notes of strawberries, licorice and aromatic bark. On the palate, it's textural, medium to full-bodied and savory, with fine-grained tannins, good balance and nice depth and dimension. It will be bottled in July and seems to be a very promising rendition of Esprit de Tablas. (WK)  (5/2018)

93 points Decanter

 A collaboration founded in 1989 between the Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands that had me thinking this Mourvedre-dominant blend was Chateauneuf -- it has a natural swell of voluminous fruit, but a savoury demeanour. Gentle, unforced plum, damson and blackberry aromas, rounded, juicy and ample on the palate, generous cool fruits and puppy fat. Good sense of balance and purity. Long and satisfying. Biodynamic. Drinking Window 2020 - 2026 (MW)  (6/2019)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Just bottled last week, the 2016 Esprit de Tablas is an age-worthy blend of 46% Mourvèdre, 31% Syrah, 18% Grenache, and the rest Counoise that was brought up all in foudre. It offers perfumed notes of raspberries, cherries, leafy herbs, and hints of violets. With medium to full body, a seamless texture, and beautiful purity of fruit, it has a forward, fresh, accessible style yet will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for a decade after that.  (11/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Exotic cherry aromas mix with mace and other rum-barrel spices on the nose of this blend of 46% Mourvèdre, 31% Syrah, 18% Grenache and 5% Counoise. There’s a burst of red cherry and tart strawberry on the palate, which then settles into a smooth suave texture. (MK)  (2/2019)

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