I agree with a previous writer that this wasn't as good as my last bottle (about a year ago). I would suggest drinking this up as I believe it is starting to lose its luster. Had a spiciness, but fruits were not as evident. Both bottles were stored in same temp/hum controlled cellar since purchase, so only other issue could be bottle variation.
My first bottle of six. Pop and pour. This is a big wine right out of the shoot and at first a little disjointed. Much better after being opened about an hour. On the nose dark fruit, cherry, graphite, olive and a touch of vanilla. The palate is all about dark fruits and spice with smoke, earth and leather nuances. Nice balance and a long finish with a bit of alcohol coming through. This is very enjoyable now with about an hour to settle down but I am betting it will really hit stride in a couple more years.
Small taste at a dinner. Nose of ripe fruit, little smoke, and spices. Palate of blackberries, charcoal, little olive and lots of acidity that was initially off putting and unbalanced. With time this became much nicer, but needed lots of air.
Urban Butcher (Urban Butcher - Silver Spring, Maryland): Full, ripe and juicy aromas, along with cola, smoke, pepper and grilled meat. Strong tannic backbone but still a creamy mouthfeel. The Mourvedre jumps out, so earthy, with lots of mushroom, charcoal, bacon, black and green olives. The fruit is plush and ripe (black cherry and currants), but matched by the non-fruit elements. Complex, pure, savory, this bottle was singing and I think the wine has a long life ahead.
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(Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel) Dark red violet color; lifted, garrigue, licorice, brett, barnyard nose; maturing, still tight, tart berry, garrigue, brett, mineral palate; medium-plus finish (44% Mourvèdre, 29% Grenache, 21% Syrah, 6% Counoise)
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