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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2006
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2006
(search item no. 98123)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $49.99

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
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:

#50 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

A blend of 45% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 5% Counoise.

The 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel is delicious and unusually approachable right now, with a complex nose of red plum, ripe cherry, fresh figs and candied orange peel, a velvety, layered palate with spicy plum and cherry fruit, pepper and nutmeg spices, and excellent breadth. The finish shows more mineral, plum, and spice, and a little gentle oak from the foudre aging. It is delicious now, if very young, and should evolve elegantly in bottle for 10-15 years or longer.

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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.