Liked this more than a lot of other folk. It does not have as interesting a nose as a good Chateauneuf (that it is essentially fashioned off) but the palette was very pleasant. Fresh black berries and some earth notes and forest floor. Admittedly it costs a little more than a California Syrah, but you do get some of that rich Rhone flavor in return. This hing is that the light nose - almost Pinot light - is a bit disappointing. And in the end for $10 more you can buy the real thing, a decent CNDP.
I am a Chateau Beaucastel snob and was extremely skeptical that a domestic "look-alike" could come close to my favorite CdP. This one did. Quite an impressive effort, aided, as I understand it, by the Beaucastel winemaker himself (or members of his staff). Went out and found another three bottles on the market and snapped them up.
An elegant GSM blend that tastes too soft and shallow even after few hours of decanting. Could improve with more cellaring; for now, a poor value relative to other regions/varietals in the same price range.
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(Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel) Dark ruby color; tart berry, light pepper, anise, tart black fruit nose; tart berry, mineral, tart plum, anise, garrigue, spice palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish (14.1% alcohol; 45% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 21% Syrah, 4% Counoise; bottled in June '12)
(Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel) Pre-release (mid-Oct. 2012 release) - dark red violet color; tart cherry, tart berry, garrigue, anise nose; tasty, tart berry, beetroot, anise, garrigue, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
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