2010 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1113503 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold. Complex, intensely perfumed scents of fresh pear, nectarine, licorice and smoky minerals. Sappy, palate-staining pit fruit and citrus flavors show a compelling blend of richness and vivacity and gain sweetness in the middle. Big and broad but very lively, finishing with excellent clarity and spicy persistence.  (10/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is the priciest of Tablas Creek’s three new white-Rhône-style releases. A blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc, it’s rich, dense and oaky. It shows ripe, concentrated orange, mango and apricot flavors, enhanced by oaky notes, with fleshy weight and density. Not an ager, but a distinctive and enjoyable wine.  (2/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is bright, focused and beautifully articulated. The higher percentage of Grenache Blanc in this vintage gives the wine lovely lift, energy and focus. White flowers, pears and crushed rocks are layered into the finish. This is a great showing from Tablas Creek’s flagship white. In 2010, the blend is 60% Roussanne, 35% Grenache Blanc and 5% Picpoul Blanc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.  (8/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Fragrant floral and citrus zest notes announce the fresh pear, lemon and apple flavors, with a medium body and firm acidity.  (12/2012)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2013 | Send Email
60% Roussane/ 35% Grenache Blanc/ 5% Picpoul Blanc makes up this years blend. This wine is very floral and rich on the nose, with plenty of dense pear, nectarine, orange zest, and apricot flavors with a nice weighty texture. Big and bold but so fresh and bright, this is a fantastic wine as always.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2013 | Send Email
Apple, pear, white flowers, citrus, mineral with buttery, oily richness. Medium plus acidity with great balance. 60% Roussanne, 35% Grenache Blanc, 5% Picpoul Blanc.

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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.