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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2004
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2004
(search item no. 89409)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $39.99

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
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:

50% Mourvèdre, 27% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 6% Counoise

The 2004 Esprit de Beaucastel is dark black-red in color, with a rich briary nose of dark red fruit (plum and currant), sweet spices (nutmeg, clove) and mocha. The elegant, layered palate shows spicy plum and cherry fruit, smoky, meaty flavors, and ripe tannins. The long finish reveals mineral and black cherry. The wine is showing remarkably well now, but should evolve elegantly in bottle for 10-15 years or longer.

Food pairings: Game, dark fowl (i.e. duck), richly flavored stews, lamb, Asian preparations of red meats (i.e. beef stir fry).

"2004 Esprit de Beaucastel is a beautifully complex effort (3,500 cases produced) displaying a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of earthy black cherries and cassis intermixed with new saddle leather, roasted meat, and Provençal herbs. With great intensity, medium to full body, and silky tannin, it tastes like top-notch southern Rhône. This broadly flavored red should age well for at least a decade." 92 Points
Wine Advocate
August 31, 2007

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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.