Tablas Creek Esprit De Tablas Rouge 2021

13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WA 96
  • VIN 97
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Wine Description

The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2021 Esprit de Tablas Rouge stands proudly as the flagship red blend, a harmonious symphony crafted from the estate’s finest grape varieties, rooted in the rich heritage of the Château de Beaucastel estate. This wine represents the quintessence of Rhône-style winemaking, with a diverse blend of varieties meticulously chosen to create a sensory masterpiece.

In the glass, the wine reveals a deep and alluring character. The nose is an enchanting invitation, offering aromas of new leather, sweet spice, currants, and dark chocolate. Upon the first sip, the palate experiences a broad and opulent embrace. Flavors of flourless chocolate cake, black plum, meaty richness, and a captivating nutty mincemeat pie element unfold gracefully. The finish is a crescendo of brambly blackberry, black fig, and silky milk chocolate, accompanied by chewy tannins that foretell years of evolving complexity. While immensely appealing in its youth, this wine also possesses the structure and intensity to reward those who cellar it, promising enjoyment over the next 25 years.

Wine Advocate awards the Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2021 an impressive 96 points, describing its medium ruby color and noting the aromas of black cherries, blueberries, tea leaves, tobacco, and orange peel. The palate is praised for its balance, concentration, and rustic nuances, finishing with earthy and spicy accents.

Vinous bestows a remarkable 97 points, highlighting its perfumed bouquet of dusty rose, raspberry, lavender, and wet stone. The wine’s juicy waves of ripe red and blue fruit, mineral nuances, sweet tannins, and primary concentration create a truly captivating experience, while its cellar potential is underscored.

The Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2021 exemplifies the winery’s dedication to crafting exceptional Rhône-style wines in California. With its complexity, depth, and aging potential, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of this remarkable estate.

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Critical Acclaim

WA 96
Wine Advocate
The 2021 Esprit de Tablas, still in barrel, is a blend of 35% Mourvèdre, 26% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 7% Vaccarese, 5% Cinsaut and 4% Counoise. It has a medium ruby color and opens with touches of tar that give way to black cherries, blueberries, oolong tea leaves, pipe tobacco and orange peel. The medium-bodied palate is chalky and fresh with a balance of concentrated fruits and pleasantly rustic nuances, finishing with generous earthy and spicy accents.
VIN 97
A perfumed blend of dusty rose, raspberry, lavender and wet stone forms an inviting bouquet as the 2021 Esprit de Tablas comes to life in the glass. It washes across the palate with juicy waves of ripe red and blue fruit, leaving a mineral staining in their wake. A primary concentration combines with sweet tannins, creating perfect punctuation for the experience. The 2021 Esprit de Tablas is built for the cellar.

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Tablas Creek Vineyard, a collaborative venture between two esteemed wine families, the Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands, embodies the essence of exceptional winemaking. Located in the Adelaida District, just twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque estate in the Paso Robles region of California opened its doors in 1997. The vineyards at Tablas Creek boast a unique setting, perched at an elevation of 1,500 feet. The soil, characterized by shallow, rocky limestone, mirrors the terroir of Château de Beaucastel, its French counterpart. The Mediterranean climate, with hot sunny days and cool nights influenced by the nearby Pacific, is ideal for grape maturation while preserving acidity. Sufficient winter rainfall allows for dry farming in... Read More

Other Vintages:

  • WE 93
  • JS 94
  • VIN 95
  • WAS 92
The Southern Rhone Red Blend, a testament to the art of blending, finds its roots in the illustrious Rhone Valley of southern France. Nestled between the towering hills of the Northern and Southern Rhone regions, this wine style boasts a rich history dating back centuries. While the northern part of the valley leans toward Syrah-dominant wines, the southern reaches are known for their exquisite blends, often led by Grenache. The Southern Rhone Valley offers a diverse terroir, with soils ranging from stony, rocky terrain to clay and limestone. This mosaic of soils contributes to the complexity of the wines. The Mediterranean climate, with its warm summers and mild winters, is the defining feature of this region. Abundant sunshine, refreshing Mistral winds, and well-timed rainfall create... Read More

Winemaker of Tablas Creek Esprit De Tablas Rouge 2021

Neil Collins

Neil Collins, a Bristol, England native, embarked on a remarkable winemaking journey that has left an indelible mark on California's Central Coast. Initially trained as a chef, Neil transitioned into the world of winemaking, honing his craft under the mentorship of luminaries like John Munch at Adelaida Cellars and Ken Volk at Wild Horse. His pivotal moment came when he crossed paths with Robert Haas and the Perrins of Château de Beaucastel during the early days of Tablas Creek's inception. Intrigued by the project, Neil offered his expertise and immersed himself in the art of winemaking at Château de Beaucastel for a year. Before long, Neil was entrusted with the role of winemaker at Tablas Creek, where he has steadfastly overseen the organic vineyard and winery since 1998. His... Read More
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Paso Robles, an expansive and diverse winegrowing region nestled at the southern end of California's Central Coast, boasts a rich history that dates back to the late 18th Century. The roots of viticulture in this region were planted by Spanish missionaries, who introduced the Mission variety grapes. By 1882, the region's earliest Zinfandel vines marked the establishment of its first commercial winery. Covering a vast expanse of 666,500 acres (270,000ha), the official Paso Robles AVA stretches across the northern half of Read More

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