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2002 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: Excellent
Est. Price: US$40.00
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: August 12, 2007 , from a member
90 points "Color: deep; Nose: fragrant; Aromas: spicy, red berry; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: dry; Body: full-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: well balanced; "
rated: March 16, 2005 , Catherine Granger ManageYourCellar.com
4.5 stars "Dark color. Black fruit aromas on the nose followed by more spices on the palate. Rich, full-bodied and well-balanced. Long finish. Delicious! Drink it with game or rich stews."
rated: February 8, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
92 points "The 2003 Esprit de Beaucastel, a blend of 50% Mourvedre, 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." Best 2006-2015
rated: February 8, 2006 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
92 points "A brilliant effort, ripe, rich and deeply flavored, with juicy, concentrated black cherry, wild berry, spice and peppery scents. The flavors flow across and saturate the palate, finishing with a long, intense, persistent aftertaste that echoes ripe fruit and spice. Ripe tannins and a dash of cedary oak round out the finish. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Counoise. Drink now through 2008. 2,000 cases made. (JL)" Best 2005-2008