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2009 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1060582 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A final blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 5% Counoise that's aged all in larger foudre, the 2009 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel is a beautiful wine that offers up classic, almost Châteauneuf-du-Pape like aromas of meaty black cherry, licorice, loads of spiced meat, and mineral qualities on the nose. Full-bodied and youthfully structured and firm, with bright acidity, solid mid-palate concentration, and a chewy, tannic finish, this superb Paso Robles blend should be given 3-4 years of bottle age, and then consumed over the following 12-15 years. Like many southern Rhône blends, this will be approachable and delicious for a number of years after the vintage, yet won’t hit prime drinking until 7-9 years after the vintage.  (6/2012)

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. (AG)  (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.  (11/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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. (JR)  (11/2011)

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. (JL, Web-2012)

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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