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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2008
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2008
(search item no. 101248)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $41.99

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
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 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:

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2008 is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Ch√Ęteau de Beaucastel estate. Roussanne provides the core richness, minerality, and flavors of honey and spice, while Grenache Blanc adds green apple and anise flavors, a lush mouthfeel and bright acids. Picpoul Blanc completes the blend, adding a saline minerality and tropical notes.

The 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc shows aromas of honeycomb and white flowers lifted by savory notes of lemon thyme and tarragon. The mouth shows rich Roussanne flavors of ripe pear, honey and spice, a rich texture reminiscent of coconut and a long, dry, slightly tropical finish. Moreso than many vintages of Esprit Blanc, the 2008 should drink well when young but will also reward time in bottle. Expect it to shine for at least the next 6-8 years.

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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.