Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Red Rhone Blend 2011 (Paso Robles, California) - [RR 93-95] [RP 93] [ST 92]

Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Red Rhone Blend 2011
(Paso Robles, California) - [RR 93-95] [RP 93] [ST 92]


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Notes From the Winemaker:

The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2011 Esprit de Tablas (formerly Esprit de Beaucastel) is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Chateau de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvedre, with additions of Grenache for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Counoise for brambly spice and acidity.

Tasting Notes


The nose shows exuberant freshness, with Mourvedre's signature currant, black tea and roasted meat aromas, given lift by a tangy, winey note showing rosemary and mineral. The mouth is long, fine and balanced, lusher than the nose suggests, with flavors of licorice, spice, meat drippings and clove, mid-weight now (relatively soon after bottling) but with every expectation of deepening over coming months. We recommend that you hold the 2011 Esprit for a few months, then drink either between 2014 and 2016 or 2020-2040.

Ratings & Reviews



93-95 Points - The Rhone Report:
"The 2011 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel, tasted out of barrel and a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Counoise, was de cidedly meaty and savory at the time of this tasting, with loads of meat juicy, pan dripping s, and mole sauce qualities supporting more pit styled fruits, licorice, and herbs de Provence. Beautifully full-bodied and elegant on the palate, with a full, dense mid-palate, fine, polished tannin, and a savory, chewy finish, this is more approachable then the 2010, and will be drinkable at an earlier age."

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise, the 2011 Esprit de Tablas has a core of sweet black raspberry and cassis that is cut by more savory, meaty nuances, pepper and spice. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with ripe tannin, it’s a more streamlined, fresh version of the cuvee that relies more on elegance and complexity than sheer depth and richness. It will have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2023.

Certainly a reference point for Paso Robles, Tablas Creek continues to produce wines in a restrained, age-worthy and savory style that sets them apart. Both 2010 and 2011 are strong here, with the 2010s showing additional depth and concentration and the 2011s showing pretty, elegant profiles. I suspect the 2011s will be on faster evolutionary tracks, but given their balance, they could surprise in the cellar. In addition to their current releases, I was able to do short verticals of their Esprit de Beaucastel (which is now called Esprit de Tablas) and Panoplie. To say I came away impressed would be an understatement." - Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2013)

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:

"(40% mourvedre, 30% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% counoise): 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." - Josh Raynolds (Nov/Dec 2013)

Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2011 Esprit de Tablas comes across as quite fresh and perfumed in this vintage. At the same time, the flavors aren't as vibrant as they usually are. Crushed flowers, dried cherries, leather and licorice are some of the notes that flow through to the soft finish. The slightly forward quality of the fruit suggests the 2011 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. In 2011 the blend is 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise." -Antonio Galloni (July 2013)

93-95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2010):
"In this vintage, the 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel is decidedly huge. An exciting array of dark red fruit, black cherries, incense and tar come together beautifully. At first large-scaled and sweeping in personality, the wine finds more refined registers on the finish, where floral notes add a measure of lift and finesse. Today, the 2010 is a baby, though. The blend is 45% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 21% Syrah and 4% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025." - Antonio Galloni (Aug 2012)

93-95 Points - The Rhone Report
(2009 vintage):
"A structured and downright tannic barrel sample, the 2009 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel is a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault, aged all in large foudre. It exhibits first-rate aromas of earthy dark fruits, tar, leather, and meaty notes that carry into a full bodied, dense, structured wine. This will most likely demand 3 to 5 years of bottle age, and then be very long lived." (November 2011)

91-94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2009 vintage):
"The 2009 Esprit de Beaucastel, tasted from foudre, is very, very young. The wine literally explodes on the palate with a rush of dark fruit enshrouded within a wall of muscular tannin. The 2009 is a dark inward Esprit that will require patience, but when the wine opens up it will be a jewel. Actually, it already is. In 2009 the blend is 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 5% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Tablas Creek was founded as a partnership between Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, owner of Beaucastel’sUS importer, Vineyard Brands. Tablas Creek is one of the pioneers for Rhone varieties in Paso Robles, not just for the quality of the wines, but just as importantly for creating a nursery of clones from Beaucastel cuttings that are now used widely throughout the region. The estate currently has about 105 acres under vine. Tablas Creek works with indigenous yeasts and favors large, neutral oak barrels and casks for aging. Vintage 2009 was the third in a series of drought years for the estate, which along with a severe spring frost reduced yields dramatically to less than 1.85 tons per acre. The wines, though, are striking. Vintage 2010 could not have been more different. There was no spring frost. Instead the estate received a whopping 44 inches of rain. A cold summer led to a late harvest that started during the second half of October and lasted until early November. Readers will find a broad range of compelling bottles across all price ranges. As an aside, Tablas Creek is one of the highest-quality estates in California that has the facilities and capacity to receive visitors." - Antonio Galloni (Aug 2011)