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2003 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

  • 91 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 93023-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($40; 50% mourvedre, 27% syrah, 16% grenache and 7% counoise) Medium-deep red. Perfumed aromas of black cherry liqueur, forest floor scents and meat. Impressively silky and suave on entry, then sweet and supple in the middle, with no sense of excess weight. Compared to the 2002, this is a more fruit-driven blend, offering notes of black cherry, raspberry, iron, licorice and spices. Long, mounting finish features smooth tannins. At 14.8% this is high in alcohol for a wine from Tablas Creek yet quite moderate for a Rhone blend from this neighborhood.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2003 Cote de Tablas, a blend of 60% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, and 4% Counoise, represents a souped-up version of a California Cotes du Rhone. Its sweet candied cherry/kirsch liqueur, licorice, resiny, loamy soil, and white pepper notes are followed by a generous, medium to full-bodied, pure, complex, delicious wine to drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Well-crafted, with a complex mix of dried cherry and dried currant, mineral, earth, leather and sage, finishing with firm tannins and a burst of ripe fruit and gravelly flavors. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise. Drink now through 2009. 2,400 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: coachjeff
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deep ruby in color and displaying intriguing aromas of black fruit, fennel, and meat with a light touch of smoke, the flavor of this Rhone style wine was a wonderfully elegant expression of its blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, and Counoise - tasting of blackberry, black currant, blueberry, clove, anise, violet, and thyme. The fruit, which was not overt or forward in any way, was in perfect balance with a truly lively acidity and medium, round tannins. Its delicate complexity is further savored by a nice medium-long finish. A fine wine all around and an exceptional choice, I imagine, to pair with duck.
    Author: Kottabos

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 160 bottles owned
  • 62 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 62 collectors)