2007 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1050632 96 points Rhone Report

 Truly exceptional, and showing every bit as good as last year...delivers awesome aromatics reminiscent of a top ‘07 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing pure blackberry, kirsch, licorice, incense, and herbed rubbed meaty notes. Dense, concentrated, and fantastically textured, this full bodied beauty should drink well for 10 to 15 years.  (11/2010)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The prodigious 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel is a blend of 44% Mourvedre, 29% Grenache, 21% Syrah, and the rest Counoise. A very great wine, very much in the mold of its French cousin, Chateau Beaucastel, the wine has a saturated ruby/purple color and a gorgeous nose of melted licorice, charcoal, blueberry, and blackberries intermixed with freshly sliced mushrooms, tree bark, and pepper. Spicy, dense, full-bodied, and extraordinarily complex, yet at the same time well-delineated and fresh, it should drink well for 10-15+ years.  (8/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. Impressively complex bouquet melds raspberry, cherry pit, cassis and incense, with smoky Indian spice and herbal qualities adding complexity. Rich, palate-coating red and dark berry preserve flavors verge on decadent but are nicely framed by velvety tannins. A sweet floral note come up with air and carries through the strikingly long, juicy and spicy finish. I'd serve this powerful, deeply fruity wine with braised lamb.  (11/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, dry and full-bodied, with loamy earth, dried berry, mineral, anise and black licorice flavors that run deep and persistent, layered and concentrated, ending with a long, tight finish." 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is one of the Richer Rhône-style reds coming out of Paso Robles. It's potent in blackberry and cherry pie filling, blueberry, anise, dark chocolate and smoky cedar flavors. The richness is balanced with fine, silky tannins. Best now-2013.  (10/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is one of the richer Rhône-style reds coming out of Paso Robles. It’s potent in blackberry and cherry pie filling, blueberry, anise, dark chocolate and smoky cedar flavors. The richness is balanced with fine, silky tannins.  (10/2009)

K&L Notes

From Wine Advocate: "The quality of their 2007s is the best in the history of the winery...These are wonderful, food-friendly wines with considerable complexity." From the winery: "Explosive wild aromatics, lots of leather, dark plum, and a sweet/savory balance that Chelsea called 'waffles and graphite.' In the mouth, it was still quite primary, with terrific texture, big tannins, and lots of fruit behind. My sense was that it's still coming out of a closed phase, and will be better-integrated in 6 months than it is now, but that patience will be rewarded handsomely." (12/2014) Awarded five stars Decanter magazine: "Châteauneuf-like aromas of kirsch, briar and black raspberry, accented with liquorice and leather. Flavours are red-fruited and complex,with a lively minerality. As Tablas Creek’s red varietal vines mature into their second decade, the wines get more impressive." (09/2010)

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5