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2003 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel (750ml)
Producer: Tablas Creek Vineyard tablascreek.com
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Mourvèdre - Syrah - Grenache - Counoise
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$60.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: January 1, 2015 , Richard Luc
5 stars "Body: full-bodied; Overall: rich; 10 years of maturation have helped this wine- 5 years in my cellar did not hurt it it seems" Best 2015-
rated: September 15, 2005 , Tablas Creek Vineyard tablascreek.com
"The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel 2003 is a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The grapes were fermented using native yeasts in open and closed stainless steel fermenters. After pressing, the wines were moved into barrel, blended, and aged in 1200-gallon French oak foudres before being bottled in May 2004. The wine is unfined and unfiltered. The 2003 Esprit de Beaucastel is dark black-red in color, with a rich briary nose of blackberry and rare steak. The elegant, layered palate shows spicy plum and cherry fruit, smoky flavors and ripe tannins. The long finish shows flavors of mineral and black cherry. The wine is showing remarkably well now, but should evolve elegantly in bottle for 10-15 years or longer." Best 2006-2016
rated: May 2, 2007 , John Moons
92 points "92 RP The 2003 Esprit de Beaucastel, a blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 27% Syrah, 18% Grenache, and 5% Counoise, exhibits a saturated deep ruby/purple color in addition to a superb nose of blackberries, blue fruits, crushed minerals, new saddle leather, animal fur, and flowers. With wonderful concentration and purity buttressed by considerable structure as well as moderately high tannin, this foudre-aged effort will benefit from another 1 -2 years of cellaring, and promises to keep for a decade or more."
rated: December 1, 2007 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
87 points "A dense, hearty style, with chewy, dusty berry, tar, herb and dried currant flavors that finish with tight, firm, rustic tannins. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Counoise. Drink now through 2008. 4,000 cases made. –JL" Best 2005-2008