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2008 Tablas Creek - Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN LUIS OBISPO
  • 94 WA
  • 89 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 138352-2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Golden raisin, apricot and roasted nut notes come together with crisp citrus, pear and melon flavors. Nicely balanced between a broad texture and crisp acidity, offering a mouthful of aromatic details. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc.
    Author: MaryAnn Worobiec
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The flagship white is the 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, a blend of 65% Roussanne, 30% Grenache blanc, and a rarity of 5% Picpoul. This is really great stuff in 2008. The wine displays plenty of honeyed citrus, spring flowers, white peach, apricot, quince, and loads of wet rocks, giving a steely definition to its opulent, full-bodied, yet fresh flavors. This is a tour de force in dry white and Rhone Ranger blends. It's impossible to know how long it will last, but I would drink it sooner rather than later.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Moderately intense floral, ripe tree fruit, and spice aromas. Medium-full body, with ripe pear and anise flavors and moderate acidity. Tasted young this isn't very clearly differentiated from some of the less expensive whites in the Tablas Creek portfolio - maybe it needs time to develop more complexity?
    Drink Dates: 2010-2012
    Author: rcmeredith
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Shimmering gold in color, this Rhone-style blend has a characteristically mead-like nose; like honey and white flowers. On the palate, white peach and quince flavors are toned down by herbal notes of thyme and sage. Creamy and persistent on the tongue, with an overt minerality. This is a food wine - not a cocktail wine - and should pair well with light cream dishes.
    Author: Kottabos
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Would be nice with seafood
    Drink Dates: 2009-2011
    Author: Kickboxer

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 75 bottles owned
  • 39 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 39 collectors)