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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2005
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2005
(search item no. 94902)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $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
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:

44% Mourvèdre, 26% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Counoise

The 2005 Esprit de Beaucastel is dark black-red in color, with a rich briary nose of black cherry, plum and rare steak, overlaid with sweet spices and mocha. The elegant, layered palate shows explosive fruit, with smoky and meaty flavors. Ripe tannins provide structure. The long finish reveals mineral and black cherry notes.

The wine is showing remarkably well now, but should evolve elegantly in bottle for 10-15 years or longer.

"Its dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a beautiful perfume of road tar, camphor, meat, Provençal herbs, blackberries, cassis, cherries, licorice, and pepper. This Beaucastel-like beauty boasts full body, excellent tannin and structure as well as good accessibility. Enjoy it over the next decade." 92 Points
Wine Advocate
June 30, 2008

"Medium gold. Powerful, exotic aromas suggest honeyed apple and peach, with a suave vanilla component building with air. Round and vaguely sweet orchard fruit flavors are snapped into shape by brisk minerality, which carries into the finish. Suave, deeply flavored and impressively persistent, with the concentration and balance to repay a few years in the cellar." 91 Points
International Wine Cellar
November 15, 2007

My Notes:

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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.