Vivid ruby-red. Expansive, spice-accented aromas of red and blue fruit liqueur, Asian spices and candied flowers are lifted by a minerally nuance. Silky, broad and alluringly sweet in the mouth, offering sappy black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors that become more energetic with air. In a seamless, elegant style. A refreshing jolt of minerality adds focus and cut to the impressively long, youthfully tannic finish. (JR)
The 2014 vintage was the third drought year in a row at Tablas Creek, but this top selection of estate fruit doesn’t seem to suffer—quite the opposite. Based on Mourvedre and Grenache, with some Syrah and a bit of Counoise, it’s fresh and lively, with a strawberry-red fruit tone that’s immediately delicious. The wine’s structure feels as if it were made of balsa wood, the tannins firm yet light, dancing on the tongue with flower-petal spice. It wouldn’t be a stretch to connect this lightness of tone directly to the pale, fragile limestone bedrock underneath the vines that allowed them to access moisture through California’s long dry spell.
The 2014 Esprit de Tablas checks in as a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Counoise. I actually like this almost as much as the more expensive Panoplie and it reminds me of a Châteauneuf du Pape from Vieux Télégraphe. Offering lots of minerality and hints of salinity, with ripe black raspberries, currants, pepper and olive aromas and flavors, it has medium to full-bodied richness, good acidity and ripe tannin.
An elegantly integrated dark-red-cherry component distinguishes the nose of this blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Counoise, with hints of sagebrush and baking spice. The food-friendly palate combines dark-berry flavors with dried herbs, graphite and light sarsaparilla, with well-integrated acidity and a silky yet firm texture. (MK)
A blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Counoise, the 2014 Esprit de Tablas has a medium garnet-purple color and opens with fragrant dried roses, Ceylon tea and tobacco leaf notes over a core of black cherries, anise and black earth, plus a touch of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins and lively acid, it offers a solid, muscular core of earthy flavors and a long finish with some pepper notes coming through. (LPB)
Densely built but zesty, with dried cherry and smoky beef aromas and a firm backbone of dark plum, cracked pepper and tar notes, finishing with snappy tannins. (TF, Web-2017)
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