ANTONIO GALLONI'S VINOUS MEDIA 93-95 POINTS - "Deep lurid ruby. Ripe red and blue fruit, Moroccan spice and lavender oil aromas are enlivened by a smoky mineral quality as the wine opens up. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant, mineral-tinged black raspberry, cola and spicecake flavors that show excellent clarity and thrust. The mineral and spice notes drive an impressively persistent finish that's given shape by smooth, slow-building tannins."
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92-94 POINTS - "A barrel sample, the 2017 Esprit de Tablas is made up of 40% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Counoise. It's pale to medium ruby with aromas of spiced cranberry sauce, red cherry preserves, warm blackberries, orange peel, blueberries and tree bark with accents of bitter chocolate, dusty earth and garrigue plus gobs of juicy red berry notions. It's light to medium-bodied with great intensity, juicy acidity, grainy tannins and a very long finish. This has great potential! 4,090 cases are expected to be produced."
JEB DUNNUCK 91 POINTS - "Recently bottled, the 2017 Esprit De Tablas offers a Rhone-like bouquet of blackberries, garrigue, pepper, and licorice, that develop with time in the glass. Beautifully textured, with fine tannins and good acidity, it's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 years or more if you're so inclined. The blend is 40% Mourvedre, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Counoise, raised mostly in foudre."