This is basically the second wine of Esprit de Tablas from Tablas Creek although they make a lot of different wines, not all available without being in their wine club (highly recommended).  This sell for around $30 and can often be found at retail shops.  It is young and will likely improve a bit over the next few years.  Screw capped!  Grenache, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre.  Whereas the Esprit can be compared to a Chateauneuf du Pape, this is more like a better Cotes du Rhone or even a Gigondas.  It has a deep ruby color with some purple swirls.  The nose has black cherries, slight earthy funk and red cherries along with some spice.  On the palate, this has nice black cherry and cherry fruit.  I suspect over time more of the Syrah will come out.  Good balance.  Very persistent.  Good acidity, while this drinks well on its own, it really improves with some food.  Think grilled meats or stews.  

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
90
Vintage: 
2017
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

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