2021 Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Tablas Blanc [WA94-96][WE94][D94]

Rhone White Blend
2019 Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Tablas Blanc

2021 Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Tablas Blanc [WA94-96][WE94][D94]

Rhone White Blend
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Producer: Tablas Creek Vineyard  
Region: Adelaida District, Paso RoblesCentral CoastCalifornia 
Blend: 70% Roussanne, 17% Picpoul, 10% Grenache Blanc, 2% Bourboulenc and 1% Clairette Blanche  
Year: 2021  

Wine Advocate, 94-96 Points 

"Still in barrel, the 2021 Esprit de Tablas Blanc is a blend of 70% Roussanne, 17% Picpoul, 10% Grenache Blanc, 2% Bourboulenc and 1% Clairette Blanche. "Normally the blend includes about 20% Grenache Blanc," winemaker Jason Haas says. "This vintage, the Picpoul and Roussanne were so good that the Esprit ended up with higher percentages of those grapes. It didn't need that much more blending." The nose opens slowly, blossoming to baked apples, lemon peel, white pepper and coriander seed, with youthful streaks of sweet spice from a small percentage of Roussanne aging in new oak. The medium-bodied palate balances concentrated yet detailed flavors, mouthwatering acidity and a touch of textural bitterness that anchors its youthful energy and extends the finish.." 

Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points 

"As the importer of so many Rhône varieties, it's no surprise that Tablas Creek manages blends like few other domestic producers. This combination of 70% Roussanne, 17% Picpoul Blanc, 10% Grenache, 2% Bourboulenc and 1% Clairette Blanche shows clean nectarine and apricot aromas on the nose, with a light nuttiness. The palate's chalky texture offers creamy flavors of cashew milk and apple blossoms." 

Decanter, 94 Points 

"One of America's great wine blends from the first name in Rhône varietals Tablas Creek. This blend of Roussanne, Picpoul Blanc, Grenache Blanc and a dash of a few others is a seriously contemplative wine. Aromatics of candied ginger, honeycomb and ripe apricot mingle with a dash of petrichor and wet stone. The wine's texture and honeyed notes are balanced by savory Mediterranean scrub, crushed chalk and lime leaf. Serious and seriously delicious.

Winemaker Notes: 

"An immediately appealing nose of poached pear, crystallized pineapple, honeysuckle and a touch of sweet oak. On the palate, luscious and textured, with honey, green apple, and graham cracker flavors, solid acidity, and a little dancing mango-like tropicality from the Picpoul. Fresh and lifted, but long and textured. A charming Esprit Blanc that will be hard to resist young but which should also do beautifully with time in the cellar. Drink now and over the next two decades."  

Alcohol: 13% 

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