(Fall 2012 Tablas Wine Club notes)
PRODUCTION NOTES: Like all the 2010 reds, the components that went into the Esprit spent nearly a month longer than usual on the vine, as the 2010 ripening cycle was lengthened by the coolest year in our history. This long hang time shows in the vintage's noteworthy minerality, and in its intensity without any sense of excess weight.
Esprit is as usual based on the red fruit, earth and mocha of Mourvedre, while Grenache brings rich mouthfeel, glycerin and a refreshing acidity. Syrah provides black fruit and mineral, and Counoise adds vibrancy and brambly fruit. The wine's components were fermented separately, then selected for the Esprit, blended and aged in foudre. 4400 cases produced.
TASTING NOTES: The nose shows Mourvedre's signature currant, balsamic, black tea ad roasted meat aromas, given a lift by a brighter raspberry note and an unusual gunpowdery mineral note. The mouth is lusher than the nose suggests, with plum, blueberry, pepper steak and dark chocolate notes. Well-mannered tannins keep order without blocking or weighing down the wine. Beautifully balanced. A wine that provides pleasure now, but which should also age gracefully for two decades.
PRESS: Rhone Report 93-95 points (6/12)