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2020 Esprit de Tablas Bottle

2020 Esprit de Tablas

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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2020 Esprit de Tablas is our flagship red blend, always led by the dark red fruit, earth, spice and midpalate richness of Mourvèdre (40%), along with additions of Grenache (30%), Syrah (21%), Counoise (5%), Vaccarese (3%), and Cinsaut (1%). While Mourvedre, Grenache, and Syrah all shined, the outstanding vintage showed through in how compelling even our newer grapes like Vaccarese and Cinsaut were, adding dark color, vibrant acids, and chewy tannins. The result is a vibrant, red-fruited Esprit with plenty of structure. It should drink well when young, yet age for two decades or more.

Tasting Notes

A pretty nose that speaks clearly of Mourvedre in its elderberry and blackcurrant fruit and its eucalyptus and soy marinade umami notes. On the palate, black cherry and musky mulberry fruit, new leather, and a loamy richness that suggests a lovely meaty note will develop with time. The firm but ripe tannins maintain order and lead to a long, spicy finish. This is an Esprit that will drink well young, but don't let this trick you into thinking it won't have the stuffing to age. Enjoy any time in the next 20-25 years.

Technical Details

Appellation

  • Adelaida District Paso Robles

Blend

  • 40% Mourvedre
  • 30% Grenache
  • 21% Syrah
  • 5% Counoise
  • 3% Vaccarese
  • 1% Cinsaut

Technical Notes

  • 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
  • 3480 Cases Produced

Recipes & Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Dark Fowl (i.e., duck)
  • Richly flavored stews
  • Lamb
  • Asian preparation of red meats (i.e., beef stir fry)

Production Notes

The 2020 vintage began benignly, with a cool spring that delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and continued below-average temperatures through July. Beginning in August, the weather turned hot, accelerating ripening and producing intense flavors. The state's terrible fires stayed well north of us, and the harvest finished early, under a compressed timeline but good conditions. The vintage shows concentrated flavors, noteworthy lushness, and lovely spice.

The grapes for our Esprit de Tablas were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.

The grapes were fermented using native yeasts in a mix of 1500-gallon wooden upright fermenters, open-top tanks and closed stainless steel fermenters. After pressing, the wines were moved into barrel and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. The Esprit's components were fermented separately, then selected for Esprit, blended in June 2021 and aged a year in foudre before bottling in July 2022.

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