Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Red Blend 2020 (Paso Robles, California) [VM 93-94] [JD 90]

Tablas Creek "Esprit de Tablas" Red Blend 2020
(Paso Robles, California) [VM 93-94] [JD 90]

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Notes From the Winemaker:
The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2020 Esprit de Tablas is our flagship red blend, chosen from the best lots of four estate-grown varietals propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvèdre, with additions of Grenache for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, Counoise for brambly spice and acidity. In this relatively luscious vintage, we found a place for two of our newest grapes for the first time: Vaccarese for black fruit and minerality, and Cinsaut for sweet spice and herby wildness.

Tasting Notes:
A pretty nose that speaks clearly of Mourvedre in its elderberry and blackcurrant fruit and its eucalyptus and soy marinade umami notes. On the palate, black cherry and musky mulberry fruit, new leather, and a loamy richness that suggests a lovely meaty note will develop with time. The firm but ripe tannins maintain order and lead to a long, spicy finish. This is an Esprit that will drink well young, but don't let this trick you into thinking it won't have the stuffing to age. Enjoy any time in the next 20-25 years.

Ratings & Reviews

93-94 Points - Vinous Media:
" Opaque violet. Lush dark berry and floral scents pick up suggestions of candied flowers, allspice and espresso as the wine opens up. Pliant and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet blackberry, blueberry and fruitcake flavors sharpened by a spicy jolt of cracked pepper. Velvety tannins build steadily through the finish, which hangs on with strong, spicy persistence." - Josh Raynolds (July 2022)