2006 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1043612 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Easily the best bottle of this I’ve had, the 2006 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel is firing on all cylinders. Very aromatic, it displays layered, complex aromas of exotic spices, garrigue, roast beef, and touches of barnyard (hay, leather, etc.) that are all backed up by perfectly ripe fruit. Medium to full bodied with perfect balance, loads of texture, and a very long finish, this should continue to drink well for another 8 to 10 years.  (11/2010)

93 points Vinous

 (45% mourvedre, 28% grenache, 22% syrah and 5% counoise) Deep red with a bright rim. Spicy red berries, potpourri and minerals on the nose; this smells awfully fresh. Bright, palate-staining raspberry and blackcurrant flavors possess excellent concentration and are leavened by zesty minerality. Finishes smooth and silky, with echoing raspberry and floral qualities. This is complex enough to enjoy right now. (JR)  (11/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Well-balanced, intense yet elegant. Full-bodied, showing vivid blueberry and wild berry flavors, with hints of nutmeg, cedar and coconut. Ends with a long, complex finish that shows a pleasant loamy, earthy quality. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. *Top 100 Wines of 2009* (JL)  (3/2009)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The brilliant 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel (45% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, 22% Syrah, and the rest Counoise) possesses abundant aromas of underbrush, blueberries, blackberries, coffee beans, and licorice. An elegant, long, pure, medium to full-bodied effort, it is a faithful representation of its Mediterranean blend. Consume it over the next decade. (RP)  (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.