Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2015 (California, USA) "...black raspberry, five spice, pepper..."
39% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 16% Counoise, and 10% Mourvedre
The 2015 Cotes de Tablas has a spicy Grenache-led nose, despite the relatively high percentage of Syrah: wild strawberry, mint, fresh figs, and an undertone of chorizolike meatiness. In the mouth, lifted fruit is balanced with richness, like strawberry shortcake, with complicating flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, cola, and fresh dates. Drink now and over the next decade.
"A blend of 39% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 16% Counoise and 10% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Cote de Tablas sports a pale to medium garnet-purple color and expressive black raspberry, blackberry and red currant nose with hints of Chinese five spice and Sichuan pepper. Medium-bodied, firm and chewy in the mouth, the palate is filled with red and black fruit layers and finishes with an herbal lift." - 90 Points, Wine Advocate