As good, if not better, than the 2013, the 2014 Cote de Tablas Blanc is a Viognier-heavy blend that incorporates 30% Grenache Blanc and 23% Marsanne. One of the more reticent 2014 whites, it offers plenty of stone fruits, lemon, citrus and floral notes go with a full flavoured, rich and expansive feel on the palate. It should come together nicely once in the bottle and have an easy 3-4+ years of longevity. – The Wine Advocate, 90-92 Points
Lush and light, showing candied melon, clover honey, pretty green pear and lime-butter on the nose. The palate offers Gala apples and fresh lemon zest, yet retains and intriguingly savory quality throughout the sip. – Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points
The 2011 Esprit Blanc de Tablas offers up a beautifully clear, detailed and balanced profile with plenty of white peach, orange rind, buttered toast, cream and hints of hazelnut all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, silky and polished on the palate, with excellent acidity and freshness, this beauty can be consumed now, or cellared for a decade.
Light gold in color, it has a classic Roussanne pear, lemon curd, honeysuckle and white flower-like qualities to go with a medium-bodied, seamless profile on the palate. Starting out lively and fresh, it gains in stature and depth with time in the glass, so a decant is recommended if drinking soon.
It offers pretty, salty minerality in its leafy herbs, citrus and stone fruits to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, straightforward (by this cuvee’s standards anyway) personality. This cuvee has a long track record of aging gracefully, but I’d lean toward drinking this over the coming 4-5 years. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 90-93 Points
The 2014 Esprit de Tablas Blanc has an appealing nose of fresh pears, wildflower honey and candied pecan, lifted by a spicy notes of anise and orange blossom. The mouth shows flavors of salted honeydew, Honeycrisp apple, and more pear, with floral notes of jasmine and citrus blossom reemerging on the long, clean, spicy finish. Already delicious, it should also go out 15 years or more and gain additional nuttiness and complexity with time. The Wine Advocate, 92-94 Points