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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 60 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2002 vintage.)
ProducerTablas Creek (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationEsprit de Beaucastel
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2013 (based on 14 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 89.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 79 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Giggs on 5/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted briefly. This is in a great place, completely mature, smooth mouthfeel that is complemented by integrated nutty oak. It could certainly pass for a mature Chateauneuf du Pape from California. Does not need any more aging. Drink now. (208 views)
 Tasted by tward on 3/22/2015: Glad to have stumbled upon this at a wine shop inventory clearance. Seems it was well cellared. On PnP it showed a suprising "zing", a near effervescence and brightness I usually associate with a touch of carbonic maceration. But it settled quickly. The nose and body clearly conveyed that it was an aged wine, but bricking was modest and it still held onto a solid fruit core. Subtle tones of cherry, some spices, and some sort of berries (can't pinpoint it) and dusty and roasted earth. Fully integrated tannins. Very nice wine. Probably at its peak. (313 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 11/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Delicious... WOTN in our Paso Robles wines tasting tonight! (539 views)
 Tasted by AJ1005 on 11/5/2014 & rated 93 points: A bit of a surprise - far better than it's ever been. Beautiful sweet fruit. Just amazing given the bottle age. (577 views)
 Tasted by MLipton on 3/2/2014: Drunk alongside the 2000 Beaucastel, it showed bright cherry fruit in the nose and had a smooth, silky mouthfeel with plenty of forward, cherryish fruit. Very nice now, it showed no signs of fading and was surprisingly similar to the 2000 Beaucastel at this stage of its development. (1216 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 5/5/2013 & rated 93 points: Very dark red violet color; tart black fruit, tar, dried black fruit nose; tart black fruit, dried black fruit, black fig palate; medium-plus finish (35% Mourvedre, 26% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 14% Counoise; 14.6% alcohol; showed very well in a flight with three mature Beaucastels) (260 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 5/5/2013 & rated 89 points: Euro Themed Lunch - Rhones (Donato Enoteca, Redwood City, CA): Feels surprisingly young for a 2000 Esprit. Tasted blind and fared quite well in a flight of '94, '98 & '00 Beaucastel CdP. (2108 views)
 Tasted by acheng on 4/12/2013 & rated 91 points: This is quite amazing. Funky, earthy nose. It could sit quite comfortably among a Beaucastel lineup. Peppery, cherry counterbalanced by bright acidity and resolving tannin. A joy to taste. Too bad it is my last bottle. (1770 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 12/29/2012 & rated 90 points: Color: medium deep ruby->light ruby rim; no noticeable bricking yet. Nose of leather, oak, smoke, hint of sarsparilla and roast beef. Palate of tobacco, leather, licorice and cherries. A bit chunky; rustic. Finishes quite dry and still slightly tannic but with great acidity. Deeper, darker, altogether more masculine than the '00 CDP (Font de Michelle Etienne Gonnet) served beside it. (1815 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 9/18/2012 & rated 90 points: Slightly cloudy medium dark red violet color; mature, brett, tobacco nose; maturing, lean, tobacco, dried berry, garrigue, anise palate with very firm tannins; medium-plus finish 90+ points (35% Mourvèdre, 26% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 14% Counoise) (1225 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/25/2012: Similar to last note. B+ (2365 views)
 Tasted by Nanette on 4/20/2012 & rated 91 points: WOW. 12 year old California Rhone blend, still tasting of fruit and spice. Nose adds earth, spice, leather. Beautiful pairing with charred rare steak! Looking forward to future vintages. (1816 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/16/2012: This is not bad, but more about heat than fruit at this point. Seems to be on the decline because of that. B+ (1344 views)
 Tasted by bottlewasher on 3/5/2012 & rated 92 points: This was a really nice wine. Easy to drink and enjoy. Lots of fruit, very mellow with such a nice subtle balanced structure. What a wonderful blend of Rhone and Paso Robles. (1215 views)
 Tasted by Jdog on 1/4/2012 & rated 90 points: Popped and poured into Reidel Bordeaux glasses (fair amount of sediment to strain off). Semi-opaque ruby color turns translucent at the edges. Really beautiful nose of iodine, earth, leather and dark fruit - shadows of older left bank Bordeaux - plus a little meaty overtone. Very smooth dark fruits on the entry without much in the way of secondary characteristics - a bit one dimensional. The silky fruit-forward entry rapidly turns rustic on the finish. Seems to have a few years left but not likely to improve. Very good but not great due to the hard finish. 90-91 (1319 views)
 Tasted by David J Cooper on 1/3/2012 & rated 82 points: Dark red. Very light nose, slight sweetness and some nice fruit but the nose was just not showing very much. (1198 views)
 Tasted by Plunge the Worm on 7/10/2011 & rated 85 points: Old world in style, not sure if it was Brett or Mouvedre that dominated the nose. The wine was a pleasant reminder of the winery and style but it was not overtly pleasant to taste. Nose was fun or a least a challenge to decided if the wine was flawed or styled this way. Flavors were muddled leather and earth, dusty old flowers. Acid and tannin are there to carry the wine. I'll probably taste the dredges of the bottle today just to see if we should have let it breathe awhile longer. (1419 views)
 Tasted by tcfishler on 7/15/2010: Old world nose of leather, flowers, Grand Marnier and strawberries is low toned and not too expressive. Ever so slightly spritzy first impression rapidly gives way to an elegantly balanced, rather seamless texture and series of flavors ending with appropriate tannins though not "impressive" length. Becomes only more delicious with air. (1929 views)
 Tasted by Javachip on 6/27/2010 & rated 90 points: Dark cherries, bittersweet cocoa, earth, spicy wood, licorice. Bitter tannins at first, becoming subdued after an hour. (2023 views)
 Tasted by kstoddard on 4/30/2010 & rated 93 points: Ruby color. Perfumed dried berry nose. Tastes of raspberry, cherry, leather and earth. Impeccably well balanced. Elegant and deeply complex finish. Coming into it's own after ten years. Very impressive. (2148 views)
 Tasted by AustinWineSalon on 3/25/2010: Definitive Rhone (Fabi and Rosi European Kitchen Austin, Texas): We tasted this wine with a group of Beaucastels, including the 2000, to gauge how American rhone is faring, and were broadly disappointed. The Tablas Creek Espirit de Beaucastel is a good value, but it seemed more of a Cotes du Rhone than a CDP, and not of the calibre of the Coudoulet be Beaucastel (which we should have put in this flight instead). Tasters rebelled. This is probably a good restaurant wine, had good fruit, sweet tannins, and some leather and tar. It was a bit one-dimensional, was fairly alcoholic, and had some rubber tubing and horse saddle notes that some did not like. I think this wine was better a few years ago. No one said awful, they just preferred the Beaucastels; those that scored gave this wine 88-90. (2744 views)
 Tasted by FoodieTraveler on 10/26/2009 & rated 90 points: tasted much younger, fruitier than expected. Surprisingly tannic as well. Lots of sediment. (2392 views)
 Tasted by dino_mike on 7/1/2009 & rated 84 points: Ya, my bottle was not the best. I've had multiple of other vintages but this is my only 00 so I think it may have been flawed. Medium red fruit up front but finish had little flavor and mostly texture. Perhaps very slightly corked or is this what it's become? Hard to tell. Other reviewers had better so let's be possitive and go with their recomendations. (2524 views)
 Tasted by jbposell on 5/24/2009 flawed bottle: Blech, lots of fizz, secondary fermentation, sour and stewed, totally different than the bottle last month. Last one, bummer! (2612 views)
 Tasted by jbposell on 4/16/2009 & rated 91 points: Fantastic effort that is still young, vibrant, and yes, even a little tannic. Glad to have one more of these, will give it another couple years but am really looking forward to it! (2628 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/Febuary 2004, IWC Issue #112
(Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2002, IWC Issue #105
(Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/5/2013)
(Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel) Very dark red violet color; tart black fruit, tar, dried black fruit nose; tart black fruit, dried black fruit, black fig palate; medium-plus finish (35% Mourvedre, 26% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 14% Counoise; 14.6% alcohol; showed very well in a flight with three mature Beaucastels)  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/18/2012)
(Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel) Slightly cloudy medium dark red violet color; mature, brett, tobacco nose; maturing, lean, tobacco, dried berry, garrigue, anise palate with very firm tannins; medium-plus finish 90+ points (35% Mourvèdre, 26% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 14% Counoise)  90 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.

2000 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

Jason Haas' notes" The 2000 Espirit is just coming off its closed period, and was still tight. It was showing very dark: black fruit, earth, and funk, and some metal character. We also found a slight spritz on the tongue from trapped CO2; we knew that we had bottled the 2000 reds with relatively high levels of dissolved carbon dioxide. We would recommend, if you are drinking the 2000 Espirit over the next couple of years, that you splash decant it at least an hour before drinking to open up the flavors and release any CO2 present. Otherwise it should be terrific from 2008-2015

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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