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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 101247)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel 2007 is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Ch√Ęteau de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvedre, with additions of Grenache for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Counoise for brambly spice and acidity.

The 2007 vintage was the best vintage we've yet seen at Tablas Creek. Yields were very low (down between 15% and 30%, depending on variety) due to a cold and very dry winter, which produced small berries and small clusters. A moderate summer without any significant heat spikes followed, allowing gradual ripening, and producing red wines with tremendous intensity, excellent freshness and a lushness to the fruit which cloaks tannins that should allow the wines to age gracefully. Syrah began the harvest of our reds between September 5th and October 3rd, followed by Grenache between September 25th and October 22nd, the Counoise between October 11th and 30th and the Mourvedre throughout October and completing the harvest on October 30th.

As with all our wines, the grapes for our Esprit de Beaucastel were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.

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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.