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    Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2006
    Rhone Red Blends - Central Coast, California

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    • ST93
    • RP93
    Price: $42.99
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator, 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide

    Region: Central Coast, California

    Varietal: Rhone Red Blends

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 98123

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #50 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

    A blend of 45% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 5% Counoise.

    The 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel is delicious and unusually approachable right now, with a complex nose of red plum, ripe cherry, fresh figs and candied orange peel, a velvety, layered palate with spicy plum and cherry fruit, pepper and nutmeg spices, and excellent breadth. The finish shows more mineral, plum, and spice, and a little gentle oak from the foudre aging. It is delicious now, if very young, and should evolve elegantly in bottle for 10-15 years or longer.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Well-balanced, intense yet elegant. Full-bodied, showing vivid blueberry and wild berry flavors, with hints of nutmeg, cedar and coconut. Ends with a long, complex finish that shows a pleasant loamy, earthy quality. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2014.

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator

    The 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel boasts a deep ruby/purple hue along with aromas of blue and black fruits, forest floor, and spring flowers, and a full-bodied personality displaying terrific intensity, richness, and length. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright, palate-staining raspberry and blackcurrant flavors possess excellent concentration and are leavened by zesty minerality. Finishes smooth and silky, with echoing raspberry and floral qualities. This is complex enough to enjoy right now.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    45% Mourvedre ; 28% Grenache; 22% Syrah; 5% Counoise. If both a bit riper and a bit fatter than the classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape style evoked by its namesake, this dense, fairly full-bodied wine tastes of plums, pomegranate, sweet oak and a sprinkling of "herbes de Provence". Its slightly viscous start is contrasted by its moderately tannic finish, and, albeit a tasty wine now, it will be more enjoyable still after being allowed to knit together for several more years.

    90 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide
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    Lauren Harnatkiewicz (11/17/2011)
    Not worth the money. Bland.

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