Tablas Creek 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel
Sweet currant and leather notes will take over your nose. Maybe a sprinkle of cherry and raspberry for good measure but the darker, bolder, earthier notes will stay in the spotlight. The palate is full of bold acidity with added spices. Sits on your palate big but with all things in order. The well defined tannin structure is to be reckoned with for those not used to bigger juice. As to be expected, the finish is as bold as the wine itself.
K&S Rating: 3 of 6
Tasting Notes: “The 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel shows Mourvedre’s signature currant, balsamic, black tea and roasted meat aromas, given lift by a brighter raspberry note and notable minerality. The mouth is richer than the nose suggests, with plum, blueberry, pepper steak and dark chocoloate notes. Well-mannered tannins keep order without blocking or weighing down the wine. This is an Esprit that will provide pleasure now, but which should also age gracefully for two decades.”