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2005 Tablas Creek - Esprit de Beaucastel 750ml
2005 Tablas Creek - Esprit de Beaucastel
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles
Red / Proprietary Blend
2005 Tablas Creek - Esprit de Beaucastel
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 135

($45; 44% mourvedre, 26% grenache, 25% syrah and 5% counoise) Dark red. Exotically perfumed aromas of smoky cherry and dark berries complicated by black cardamom, violet and tobacco. Chewy dark fruit flavors flesh out with air but maintain focus, gaining a candied licorice quality on the close. Refuses to let go of the palate but is in no way sloppy. On the contrary: this displays outstanding energy and brilliant mineral lift.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 208

We finished off the tasting with small verticals of their Esprit de Beaucastel and Panoplie. From a warm vintage, the 2005 Esprit de Beaucastel is drop-dead gorgeous! Oozing notions of saddle leather, currants, cherries and smoked meats, it is fully resolved and supple on the palate, with full-bodied richness and depth. I seem to score this wine higher each time I taste it (tasted twice in 2009 and rated 93 and 94 points) and while it's in the middle of its drink window, it should hold for a number of years. Drink now-2020.

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WS
88

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Dense and chewy, with spicy, peppery boysenberry and blueberry flavors that tighten up on the finish. Mourv�¨dre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise.

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Community Reviews

Peterson Lance Tasted On: 04/16/2014

to EM.

93

Kottabos Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 03/08/2014

After many years, this wine is finally coming into its own and ready to drink with decanting. Deep reddish-purple in color with a nose of fresh raspberries, strawberry cordial, licorice, and ginger root. The beautifully complex palate expresses luscious blackberry and blueberry fruit, violet, clove, and frankincense notes as well as chewy tannins and a luscious minerality. An exceptional effort from Tablas Creek.

89

dozman3 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 07/09/2013 Drink Dates: 2013-2016

still some tannic bite but enough fruit to carry the day. well balanced and ready to drink

91

NathanL Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 07/10/2012

nice nose of cherry and currant. amazing mouthfeel, tannins are integrated but give decent structure. flavors of black fruit with short but sweet lingering.

92

ER68 Tasted On: 03/26/2011 Drink Dates: 2011-2017

excellent.

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