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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2007
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2007
(search item no. 99502)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $38.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 68% Roussanne, 22% Grenache Blanc and 10% Picpoul Blanc.

The 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is a powerful expression of the 2007 vintage at Tablas Creek. It shows aromas of rose petals, candied lemon, honeycomb, white pepper, and sweet oak, rich Roussanne flavors of honey and sweet spice and long, dry, slightly tropical finish. It should drink well when young but will also reward time in bottle; we expect it to show beautifully for at least the next 8-10 years.

Pair with cooked shellfish (lobster, softshell crab, shrimp), roasted or grilled vegetables (eggplant, asparagus, peppers), foods cooked with garlic and olive oil, rich fish dishes (i.e., salmon, swordfish) and Asian stir fry.

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About Tablas Creek Vineyard:

The Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, their importer since 1970, founded Tablas Creek Vineyard in 1990. They chose their 1600-foot elevation site in West Paso Robles' Las Tablas because of its chalky clay soils and its climate similar to the southern Rhone Valley. They imported selected French cuttings of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise and multiplied, grafted and planted their own vines, which they farm organically. This blended wine, in the image of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, is 100% estate-grown and bottled.