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    Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends - Central Coast, California

    Ratings

    • V94
    • W&S92
    Price: $29.99
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 94 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 92 Wine & Spirits

    Region: Central Coast, California

    Varietal: Rhone Red Blends

    Other Info: Green Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 113510

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2009 Esprit de Beaucastel shows a deep, spicy nose with dark fruit, crushed rock, cocoa and licorice. The palate shows blackberry, black raspberry, and currant fruit highlighted by a persistent minerality, lush texture and substantial but fine-grained tannins. The power of the tannins and the concentration of the wine suggest that it will benefit from short- to mid-term cellaring, and drink well for two decades or more.

    Critical Acclaim:

    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.

    94 Points
    Vinous / Antonio Galloni

    Grown on the calcareous clay hillsides of this estate in western Paso Robles, Esprit is built on mourvedre, blended with grenache, syrah and counoise. Spring frosts and three years of drought reduced the crop by 30 percent, the vintage yielding fruit that feels concentrated, healthy and cool with wild strawberry and dark red berry freshness. Tannins keep it focused along a chalk line of flavor, expanding into layers of spice and fruit in the middle, then tightening again into a clean finish. Decant it for spit-roasted lamb.

    92 Points
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