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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2000
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2000
(search item no. 55891)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $34.99

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
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 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

Winemaker's Notes:

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel 2000 is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate.

The 2000 vintage was beautifully balanced at the vineyard: warm sunny days persisted through the ripening season, without the intense baking heat that can dampen the varietals' aromatics. Consistent warmth shortened the harvest, which began on September 18th with the Syrah, and finished with the last lots of Counoise and Mourvèdre on October 19th.

Native yeast fermentation was conducted in open and closed stainless steel fermenters and small oak "pieces". After pressing, the wines were racked and blended, and aged for a year in 1200-gallon French oak foudres before being bottled in April, 2002. The wines are unfined and unfiltered.

The 2000 Esprit de Beaucastel is a richly intense wine, with aromatics of roasted meats, licorice and currants, and flavors of ripe cherries, blackberries, leather, earth and spice, held together in a velvety tannic structure.

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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.