RR 93-95 WA 93 IWC 92-93 Pts - According to 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 decidedly meaty and savory at the time of this tasting, with loads of meat juicy, pan drippings, 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.
According to 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.
According to International Wine Cellar - Saturated ruby. Fresh dark berries, licorice, olive, woodsmoke and candied violet on the deeply perfumed nose. Very concentrated and juicy but lively as well, with juicy acidity giving energy and lift to its blackberry and cassis flavors. The long, sappy finish features slow-building tannins, a touch of bitter chocolate and lingering smokiness.
According to Wine Spectator - Exhibits a complex, well-proportioned mix of road tar, dark berry, mocha, espresso and chicory, ending with a spicy tobacco edge. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2022.
According to Antonio Galloni - The 2011 Esprit de Tablas comes across as quite fresh and perfumed in this vintage. At the same time, the flavors aren't quite 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% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise.14.5% ABV. Rated 90+
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