2008 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1060513 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel flows with sweet dark cherries, flowers, tobacco and spices. It is a beautiful, classically built wine graced with striking inner perfume, lovely mid-palate juiciness and a round, utterly harmonious finish. Well-integrated, silky tannins linger on the close. This is a fabulous wine from Tablas Creek. My sense is that the wine should be tasted upon release and then again only after a number of years in bottle. In 2008 the blend is 38% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah and 6% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. (AG)  (8/2011)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Slightly deceiving at first with a relatively light profile, the 2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel, a blend of 38% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah, and 6% Counoise, fleshes out beautifully with about an hour of air. It exhibits a downright Provençal nose of spiced red berries, pepper, garrigue and a touch of licorice and dried flowers. This leads to a medium bodied wine that has a light, deft texture, solid balance, sweet fruit and a long, classy finish. Already showing good complexity, this is a prime candidate for drinking over the next 8 to 10 years. Tasted twice.  (11/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Enticing aromas of raspberry, potpourri, licorice and fresh herbs. Lush, broad and sweet but structured, with an exotic candied fruit quality giving this dense, well-constituted wine plenty of early sex appeal. Finishes sweet and spicy, with a fine dusting of tannins and outstanding length. This is already delicious but has the balance to age. (JR)  (11/2010)

91 points James Suckling

 A subtle and delicate wine with subtle chocolate, berry and spices on the nose and palate. Lovely length and balance. 38% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah, and 6% Counoise. Drink now or hold.  (10/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a complex array of ripe cherry, wild berry and plum, with touches of mineral, presented in a supple, elegant, well-integrated style, with dark red berry flavors forming the core. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases made.  (2/2011)

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