2007 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc" Paso Robles White Rhone Blend

SKU #1046925 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The prodigious 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (68% Roussanne, 22% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Picpoul) is one of the finest white Rhone Rangers I have tasted. A beautiful bouquet of orange blossoms, honeysuckle, lemon zest, quince, and white flowers is followed by a full-bodied wine with stunning concentration, layered flavors, and good underlying minerality as well as acidity. This sensational wine should provide immense pleasure over the next 3-5 years. (RP)  (8/2009)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This is a very nicely fruited wine, and even though Tablas Creek always seems to have one foot planted in France and one rooted here, this effort is all-California in its fruit even if owing something to that other place in its balance. It smells of Fuji apples and stone fruits with a hint of honey and it is clean, rich, bright and long on the palate and in aftertaste. And, it will surely improve a bit in the cellar.  (7/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale chartreuse color. Deep, smoky bouquet combines mango, pear, lees and dried flowers. Lightweight and precise, with fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a late jolt of tangy minerals. Deep in flavor but elegant, finishing with good mineral lift and bite. This weighs in at a civilized 13.5% alcohol. (JR)  (11/2008)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is an hommage to the owning family's white Rhône wine from France. It's a crisp, minerally wine, firm and clean and dry, with flavors of dried citrus fruits, orange peel, honeysuckle flower, vanilla and toast. Shows real elegance and sophistication.  (8/2009)

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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 (%): 13.5