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It's the Spirit of Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Paso Robles, California! Everything you want in an Old World wines and everything you love about the New World.
About the wine
The Esprit de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown varietals with vines propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel. An approachable wine you can open right away that has age-worthy structure and intensity for long-term cellaring.
Here's how the winery describes this vintage, and we couldn't say it better ourselves:
"The 2014 Esprit de Tablas has a powerfully expressive, nose with deep aromas of licorice and cherry liqueur given lift by spicy notes of pink peppercorn and mint. The mouth is luscious but still very young, with flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, a briny sea spray note, and serious tannins. The finish shows more baker's chocolate and cherry cola notes, as well as a smoky berry element. We recommend that you drink now, or between 2022-2040."
Winemaker: Neil Collins
Appellation: Adelaida District, Paso Robles, California
- 4.1/5, Vivino Users
- 98/100, BevX
- 94/100, Vinous
- 93/100, Wine & Spirits
- 92/100, Jeb Dunnuck
- 90/100, Wine Advocate
Grapes: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise
Production: 3,800 cases
4.2 ★ Vivino Users (177 Ratings)
"Impressed by this producer, wishing there was more readily available in Vancouver! This one is a beautiful Rhone blend, with tons of fruit, nice acidity to keep it fresh, and a good amount of oak to add some depth and body. Plums, stewed fruits, tobacco and dark chocolate on the nose and palate." —Danielle C.
"Always a great go to from premiere producer Tablas Creek. Elegant and enticing and a beautiful wine to drink as well as a good value." —Wine Walkabout
98 Points, BevX
"The Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas is as close as you will get to Châteauneuf du Pape in California being made with vines propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. Again in 2014 Mourvedre takes the lead as the wine is crafted with a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Counoise. The 2014 vintage was the third drought year on the trot with a pleasing, warm summer and a very cool August before warming up again in September. The grapes were harvested in mid-October and fermented with native yeasts. After pressing, the wines rested in large 1200-gallon French oak foudres until bottling in June of 2016."
94 Points, Vinous
"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."
93 Points, Wine & Spirits
"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.
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
"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. It's far from unapproachable today, but will be better in 2-3 years and keep for a decade."
90 Points, Wine Advocate
"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. 4,000 cases were made."