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2021 Esprit de Tablas Bottle

2021 Esprit de Tablas

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The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2021 Esprit de Tablas is our flagship red blend, always led by the dark red fruit, earth, spice and midpalate richness of Mourvèdre (35%), along with additions of Grenache (26%), Syrah (23%), Vaccarese (7%), Cinsaut (5%), and Counoise (4%). 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 luscious, dark-red-fruited Esprit with plenty of structure. It should drink well when young, yet age for two decades or more.

Preorders can be placed by filling in your desired quantity at tablascreek.com/futures.

Reviews coming soon

Tasting Notes

At this youthful stage, the nose is on point for Esprit: sweet dark redcurrant fruit, loamy earth and anise, all classic expressions of our Mourvedre. On the palate, currant and plum fruit, new leather and anise, with good structure and finishing tannin. Already delicious, with lots more time to continue to flesh out.

Technical Details

Appellation

  • Adelaida District Paso Robles

Blend

  • 35% Mourvedre
  • 26% Grenache
  • 23% Syrah
  • 7% Vaccarese
  • 5% Cinsaut
  • 4% Counoise

Technical Notes

  • 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
  • 2820 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 2021 vintage came after a chilly, relatively dry winter, the exception being a single storm that dropped more than a foot of rain on us in late January. The cold, dry winter produced a fruit set with smaller clusters and smaller berries, and yields were down about 25% compared to our average. The growing season was ideal, with each hot stretch followed by a cool period that allowed the vines to recover, and that combined with the low yields to produce some of our most intense fruit ever and our highest average acids since the chilly 2011 vintage. We believe that 2021 has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster year.

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 then selected for Esprit, blended in June 2022 and have been aging in 1200-gallon foudre ever since. We expect the wine to be bottled in July 2023.

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