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2017 Denner Vineyards ‘Ditch Digger’$76.00Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94 ~ The 2017 Ditch Digger is made up of 55 percent Grenache, 20 percent Mourvèdre, 13 percent Syrah, 5 percent Cinsault, 5 percent Graciano and 2 percent Carignan. Medium ruby, it has bright, inviting scents of raspberries and red cherries layered with scents of powdered sugar, citrus peel, violet and lilac perfume with an earthy undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate is ultra layered and perfumed, with a pleasantly chalky frame and fantastic juiciness, finishing very long and fragrant. Lovely!
2017 Tablas Creek Vineyard ‘Esprit Blanc de Tablas’$52.00Vinous 94 ~ Limpid straw-yellow. A highly perfumed, mineral-accented bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, buttered toast and succulent flowers, and a fennel nuance emerges with air. Shows superb depth and sharp delineation, offering vibrant tangerine, pear nectar, honeysuckle and succulent herb flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful yet graceful, displaying sharp focus and minerally thrust on an impressively long finish that features repeating floral and orchard fruit notes.
2017 Tablas Creek Vineyard ‘Esprit de Tablas’$71.00Vinous 94 ~ Glistening ruby. Pungent black and blue fruit, potpourri and incense aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up exotic spice and mineral nuances as the wine opens up. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry, violet pastille and spice cake flavors that deepen on the back half. Finishes very long and precise, with mounting tannins and an emphatic echo of candied flowers.