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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 60 
ProducerTablas Creek (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationEsprit de Beaucastel
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles
UPC Code(s)089419245974

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2022 (based on 28 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 106 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Double D on 5/14/2015 & rated 88 points: This never got better...to my taste it's a bit unbalanced and tannic...probably not enough Grenache to suit me...but at this price point why not buy a nice CdP??? (1211 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 4/10/2015 & rated 90 points: Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Counoise combine to make a full bodied, savoury wine. Spicy, warm, raspberry nose. Baked dark berry fruit, black pepper and herbaceous character. (1462 views)
 Tasted by tb_baltimore on 3/30/2015 & rated 94 points: Continues to be outstanding. This improved over about 1/2-hour from the initial opening. Seems to be drinking well right now! (1682 views)
 Tasted by HStaal on 2/28/2015 & rated 90 points: WSET Level 4 Course - WSET School; 9/6/2014-5/23/2015 (WSET School, Bermondsey): Appearance: The wine is Clear with a Medium ruby colour.
Nose: The nose is Clean and Developing, showing Medium(+) intensity primary aromas of strawberry, raspberry, red plum, hint of black fruit, secondary aromas of smoke, cloves and tertiary aromas of earth, farmyard.
Palate: The wine is Dry in the mouth with a Medium level of acidity. It has Medium(+) Fine Grained tannins and a High Level of alcohol (14.50%). It has Full body and Medium(+) intensity primary flavours of strawberry, raspberry, red plum, hint of black fruit, secondary flavours of smoke, cloves and tertiary flavours of earth, farmyard. The finish is Medium(+). Jammy fruit, smooth fine tannins, hint of black fruit
Overall: Complex, intense and long. Good balance between all components although the fruit is a bit jammy.
Conclusion: It is a Very Good quality wine. Can Drink Now but has Potential for Ageing Has structure and concentration for ageing; Premium priced (£39.99) (1880 views)
 Tasted by Martin Redmond on 1/25/2015 & rated 93 points: Wines At My Table; Week of February 1, 2015; 1/23/2015-2/1/2015: Dark ruby color with complex dark fruits, spice, licorice, bramble, wet stone and pepper aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and dry and round with a lush texture, dusty tannins and black cherry, plum, red currant flavors with a persistent minerality. Long finish. Pnp. Opened up nicely over the course of 90 minutes. Will continue to favorably evolve. Blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 5% Counoise 14.5% alcohol (1757 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 1/15/2015 & rated 91 points: Drunk last year and all I remember is this was solid. No booziness or excessive ripeness, just soulful and slightly funky in a charming way. (1681 views)
 Tasted by Cantina Hill's on 12/27/2014 & rated 92 points: American CDP.long finish. (1495 views)
 Tasted by EvanJB on 12/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Purchased at Riviera in Calabasas. PNP. Was very nice immediately. Opened up nicely over course of dinner. Well done blend. Very nice balance. (1459 views)
 Tasted by White Mountain Winos on 12/9/2014 & rated 88 points: Certainly not a wine one would sit and ponder over, but a solid food-friendly effort. Color from the Syrah, depth from the Mourvedre, and spice and floral notes from the Grenache and Counoise. This wine needs to be drunk over the next couple of years. I'd bet those holding it until the second half of this decade will likely be disappointed. (1633 views)
 Tasted by RLP805 on 11/26/2014 & rated 92 points: PNP served at cellar temp (56F) . Beautiful ruby red in color, Dark berry and blueberry with a touch of earthiness on the finish. Well balanced with a short to medium finish but may have lacked complexity. A little thin with very little tannins. The wine handled it's 14.5 ABV very well, with almost no sense of alcohol while drinking. Paired with a NY strip and green beans made for a very nice meal. I doubt this well improve much farther, time to drink. (1451 views)
 Tasted by ettalovesgoodwine on 11/19/2014 & rated 90 points: A little thin. Not my favorite bottle but better with food than without. (1496 views)
 Tasted by tb_baltimore on 11/15/2014 & rated 93 points: Seems to have improved since the last bottle. What tasted like a closed down period, at least based on the intervening reviews and on this bottle may have ended, since this is drinking very well right now. This was markedly better after at least 1/2-hour decant. It remains one of our favorites. (1389 views)
 Tasted by tward on 10/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Wonderful. Didn't wait long, pretty much PnP and drank before, during, and after a meal over 2-3 hours. Spicebox and red fruits started things along with some earth, then picked up mineral, iron, rust and granite notes, some meaty notes and and maybe black cherry, then it added weight showing more dark, ripe fruits and tea leaf (indicating tannins popping back up, which means it probably could stand several more years aging). (1604 views)
 Tasted by Bottledrainer on 9/26/2014 & rated 92 points: A very good blend of typically Rhine varietals. Fruity with a mellowed balance that gives complexity and leaves structure for further aging. A little time to breathe will help the flavors come into their own. All in all a very good wine. (1506 views)
 Tasted by handymom on 8/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Nice fruit and balance. (1689 views)
 Tasted by 4wdave on 8/22/2014 & rated 92 points: After being disappointed with two Napa cabs 9-10 years old, I opened this one and it was perfect! With grilled bison flank steak, grilled corn on cob, and grilled peppers, it was perfect. (1611 views)
 Tasted by charliesea on 8/18/2014 & rated 94 points: Ruby red to purple on the eye, spice and sweet vanilla on the nose. Red fruit and limestone on the palate with a short but pleasant finish. Maybe not at its best, but drinkable now. A couple of days later, it makes a flower garden on the nose; wow, nice! (1688 views)
 Tasted by bbcc66 on 8/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice nose of dark fruits & cherries. Well balanced tastes of dark fruits & cherries. Consistent vivid tastes & finish throughout the bottle. A delightful bottle. (1487 views)
 Tasted by charliesea on 6/26/2014: Ruby red on the eye, red fruit and a trace of limestone on the nose and the palate. Soft tannins remain for a not-too-lasting finish. Pleasant now and a bit more time would not hurt either. (1902 views)
 Tasted by tb_baltimore on 6/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Still evolving and getting better. I agree with others that this may be entering a closed period. Quite enchanting and enjoyable nonetheless. This was different than the last two bottles and remains a real favorite. (1615 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 6/20/2014 & rated 91 points: 40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 5% Counoise. 14.5% alcohol.

Color: medium/deep purple core -> medium ruby rim. Moderately complex bouquet showing plums, cherries, prairie dust, rosemary and a little anisette. Medium weight palate showing some admirable CdP-like austerity. Licorice, black fruit, spice and some earthiness along with semi-sweet fruit (more so than CdP). This is really quite nice; good tannin and acid structure -- I can see this aging gracefully. Reminiscent of the '06, just (obviously) younger. (1640 views)
 Tasted by charliesea on 6/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Dark reddish purple on the eye. Red fruit on the nose-hinting of grape jelly maybe. On the palate it suggests that it is developing a barnyard characteristic in the future, but right now it is tannic enough to balance the fruitiness. Pleasant mouthfeel and persistant finish. (1852 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 5/18/2014 & rated 90 points: Good young colour, bright glossy. Fresh and full of red fruits at this stage, felt less ripe than last time, and definitely less sweet, Probably now hitting a good stride in its life and albeit on the young side still showed very well. In all fairness it is less ripe and oaky than many CdPs these days. Give it a few years more and this will be just the number. Good to see the restrain in the use of oak. 90-91 (1981 views)
 Tasted by Neras on 5/3/2014 & rated 92 points: Initially nothing....slowly some flavours emerge, but the taste is escaping. During the evening it changes again and again, but it is never really impressive. Anyway, down there there is something. Mourvedra is a stange grape, and I think it is about to close down. Be patient! (1488 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/29/2014 & rated 87 points: I really wanted to like this, having liked previous vintages. I decanted 15 minutes and drank out of the decanter over a couple hours. Smooth blend, pleasant enough, but unexciting and not special in terms of complexity or length. Not even a flash near the end of the bottle. (1697 views)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #12 (6/23/2012)
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Vinous, Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011)
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The Rhone Report, California in the spotlight!, Issue #6 (11/30/2010)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/18/2012)
(Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel) Dark red violet color; grapey, tart plum, black fruit, light pepper nose; tight, tart berry, mineral, light garrigue, licorice palate; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points (14.6% alcohol; 40% Mourvèdre, 28% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 5% Counoise)  92 points
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Tablas Creek

Producer website
Tablas Creek Vineyard, founded by the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands, is dedicated to growing grape varieties traditional to France's Rhone Valley. The partners chose hilly western Paso Robles for its limestone soils, rugged terrain, and ocean influence. All Tablas Creek wines are estate grown using environmentally sustainable practices.

2009 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

Wine Label Notes

Scarce in quantity due to drought and frost, but remarkable in intensity while still maintaining balance through terrific tannins. It is based on the red fruit, earth and mocha of Mourvedre (40%), wihile Syrah (28%) provides black fruit and mineral and Grenache (27%) brings rich mouthfeel, glyscerin and a refreshing acidity. 6% Counoise adds vibrancy and brambly fruit. The wine was blended in August 2010, aged in foudre and bottled in July 2011. 3100 cases produced.

A deep, spicy nose of crushed rock, tobacco and dark fruit (particularly currants). The palate shows great balance between savory and sweet notes, with milk chocolate, herbes de provence, an iron-like mineral note and massive structure that, combined with the power of the ripe but substantial tannins suggest that it will benefit from short- to mid-term cellaring, and drink well for two decades or more. (8/11)

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


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