Tablas Creek Vineyard

Esprit de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend

9.1414 ratings
9.1100 pro ratings
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, USA
Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, Counoise
Lamb, Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Hard Cheese, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Holly Orchard

Certified Sommelier, President of Savvy Cellar Wines Inc.

9.3

Wow! Was not expecting such a wonderful gem. Full of earthy funk, leather, tart red fruits, smoke and almost a spritzy, acid liveliness. This is the type of wine that reminds me why I joined the club to begin with. I never would have guessed it as a California wine if tasted blind. Lots of Old World goodness, even if a touch higher in alcohol. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming blend.

Wow! Was not expecting such a wonderful gem. Full of earthy funk, leather, tart red fruits, smoke and almost a spritzy, acid liveliness. This is the type of wine that reminds me why I joined the club to begin with. I never would have guessed it as a California wine if tasted blind. Lots of Old World goodness, even if a touch higher in alcohol. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming blend.

Sep 1st, 2020
Lyn Farmer

At 11 years of age this wine is really impressive. 38% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah and 6% Cunoise it has wonderful complexity. Still a lot of red fruit - strawberry, red currant especially, a welcome tertiary note of leather and good acidity with very mellow silky tannins. Lovely bottle

At 11 years of age this wine is really impressive. 38% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah and 6% Cunoise it has wonderful complexity. Still a lot of red fruit - strawberry, red currant especially, a welcome tertiary note of leather and good acidity with very mellow silky tannins. Lovely bottle

Feb 18th, 2020
Shay A
8.9

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

This was heavily oxidized on the glass. More brown than red. The wine itself seemed to be fine, but came across really tired. Didn’t get any black pepper here, nor spicy red fruit. Mainly clay, old cherry and some tobacco. I guessed burgundy.

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

This was heavily oxidized on the glass. More brown than red. The wine itself seemed to be fine, but came across really tired. Didn’t get any black pepper here, nor spicy red fruit. Mainly clay, old cherry and some tobacco. I guessed burgundy.

Jan 2nd, 2019
Patrick Derdeyn

Drinking great now, but just cracked a window on its potential. This is California rhone showing at its best, still plenty of sunshine but with earth and garrigue just starting to show in this wine that will develop more in time.

Drinking great now, but just cracked a window on its potential. This is California rhone showing at its best, still plenty of sunshine but with earth and garrigue just starting to show in this wine that will develop more in time.

Sep 16th, 2018
Shawn R

Tomato and a carbonated feeling in the mouth.

Tomato and a carbonated feeling in the mouth.

Feb 24th, 2018
Andrew S

Dark fruits with some raisin, spices, and a hint of fresh cigar.

Dark fruits with some raisin, spices, and a hint of fresh cigar.

Nov 17th, 2017
Shawn R

Keeping the Central Coast theme going this 07 was rocking.

Keeping the Central Coast theme going this 07 was rocking.

Oct 15th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

These are still young, but on night 2 it has really opened up. Savory, bloody, spicy, and delicious. Everything you want jn your rhone blend and will only improve as it moves into secondary development. 15+ years ahead.

These are still young, but on night 2 it has really opened up. Savory, bloody, spicy, and delicious. Everything you want jn your rhone blend and will only improve as it moves into secondary development. 15+ years ahead.

Aug 28th, 2017
Meghan Hamilton

Wine Educator Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.4

All kinds of awesomely well balanced. Blackberry, blueberry, sweet violets, pomegranate, sweet cherries and licorice.

All kinds of awesomely well balanced. Blackberry, blueberry, sweet violets, pomegranate, sweet cherries and licorice.

1 person found it helpfulSep 24th, 2016
Maura Passanisi

Tablas Creek vertical. This and the 2007 Panoplie were the winners of the night. Both drinking very well right now. Regular Beaucastel more traditional CdP style, very well done. Panoplie more rustic flavor, but still damn good.

Tablas Creek vertical. This and the 2007 Panoplie were the winners of the night. Both drinking very well right now. Regular Beaucastel more traditional CdP style, very well done. Panoplie more rustic flavor, but still damn good.

1 person found it helpfulAug 30th, 2016