2009 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1077851 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I am thrilled to see the 2009 Esprit de Beaucastel burst from the glass with an exciting melange of dark red cherries, flowers, sweet herbs, mint and spices. Exotic spiced notes linger on the finish. The 2009 boasts serious intensity, richness and depth, but it remains quite tannic and in need of further bottle age. The vintage saw both frost and drought, two conditions that are a little unusual in the same year. Now that it is in bottle, the 2009 meets all of the expectations I had when I tasted it from barrel last year. The blend is 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 5% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.  (8/2012)

93 points James Suckling

 A wine that shows a beautiful balance of dark fruits, spices and hints of herbs. Full body yet refined and balanced with refined tannins and a fresh finish. Made from 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 5% Counoise. Drink or hold.  (11/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (40% mourvedre, 28% syrah, 27% grenache and 5% counoise): Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of candied raspberry, potpourri, Asian spices, sandalwood and licorice, with zesty minerality emerging with aeration. Suave, fresh and lithe, showing impressive definition and florality to its seamless red fruit flavors. The spicy, very long finish features gentle tannins and a flavor of red raspberry. A very polished blend.  (10/2011)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Grown on the calcareous clay hillsides of this estate in western Paso Robles, Esprit is built on mourvedre, blended with grenache, syrah and counoise. Spring frosts and three years of drought reduced the crop by 30 percent, the vintage yielding fruit that feels concentrated, healthy and cool with wild strawberry and dark red berry freshness. Tannins keep it focused along a chalk line of flavor, expanding into layers of spice and fruit in the middle, then tightening again into a clean finish. Decant it for spit-roasted lamb.  (6/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Well-structured and full-bodied, offering pure, ripe boysenberry, blueberry, mineral and cedar flavors, with a chewy edge to the tannins. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, and Counoise. Drink now through 2019. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

The 2009 vintage of Tablas Creek's flagship "Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge" is a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache, and 5% Counoise from their 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard in Paso Robles. 2009 saw very low yields of small, concentrated berries due to a combination of frosts in April and third-year drought conditions. For this wine, individual varietals are fermented separately in stainless steel with native yeasts and then moved into separate barrels, after which they are blended. The final cuvée is aged in large French oak foudres prior to bottling. Winemaker's notes: "The 2009 Esprit de Beaucastel shows a deep, spicy nose with dark fruit, crushed rock, cocoa and licorice. The palate shows blackberry, black raspberry, and currant fruit highlighted by a persistent minerality, lush texture and substantial but fine-grained tannins. The power of the tannins and the concentration of the wine suggest that it will benefit from short- to mid-term cellaring, and drink well for two decades or more."

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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