AG (89-92) WA 90+ Pts - According to Antonio Galloni - The low yields of the vintage inform the 2011 Côtes de Tablas, which is especially rich. It could very well end up being a serious overachiever. We will see for sure once the wine is in bottle. Dark red fruit, licorice herbs and tobacco flesh out on the highly attractive finish. The 2011 is 49% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 8% Counoise.
According to Wine Advocate - Slightly more fresh and focused, as well as structured, the 2011 Cotes de Tablas is a blend of 49% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 8% Counoise. Very fragrant on the nose, with red and black fruits, underbrush, crushed stone-like minerality and assorted floral nuances, it hits the palate with a medium-bodied, fleshy texture that hides a firm undercurrent of tannin and acid. Give bottles another year or so in the cellar and enjoy over the following 4-5 years or more. Drink 2015-2020.
According to Wine Spectator - An easy-drinking style that offers a dried herb and dill edge to the berry, sage and underbrush notes. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Drink now through 2020.
Tasting Notes - The 2011 Côtes de Tablas shows a deep, powerful nose of soy, licorice and black cherry, with an appealing sweet spice note emerging with air. The mouth is rich with plum, cherry, leather, balsamic and crushed rock balanced by fresh acidity and characteristic chalky Grenache tannins on the lingering, spicy finish. Hold for six months, then drink for the next decade or more. 14.8% ABV. Rated 90+
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