The 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel flows with sweet dark cherries, flowers, tobacco and spices. It is a beautiful, classically built wine graced with striking inner perfume, lovely mid-palate juiciness and a round, utterly harmonious finish. Well-integrated, silky tannins linger on the close. This is a fabulous wine from Tablas Creek. My sense is that the wine should be tasted upon release and then again only after a number of years in bottle. In 2008 the blend is 38% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah and 6% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. (AG)
Slightly deceiving at first with a relatively light profile, the 2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel, a blend of 38% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah, and 6% Counoise, fleshes out beautifully with about an hour of air. It exhibits a downright Provençal nose of spiced red berries, pepper, garrigue and a touch of licorice and dried flowers. This leads to a medium bodied wine that has a light, deft texture, solid balance, sweet fruit and a long, classy finish. Already showing good complexity, this is a prime candidate for drinking over the next 8 to 10 years. Tasted twice.
Bright red. Enticing aromas of raspberry, potpourri, licorice and fresh herbs. Lush, broad and sweet but structured, with an exotic candied fruit quality giving this dense, well-constituted wine plenty of early sex appeal. Finishes sweet and spicy, with a fine dusting of tannins and outstanding length. This is already delicious but has the balance to age. (JR)
A subtle and delicate wine with subtle chocolate, berry and spices on the nose and palate. Lovely length and balance. 38% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 26% Syrah, and 6% Counoise. Drink now or hold.
Offers a complex array of ripe cherry, wild berry and plum, with touches of mineral, presented in a supple, elegant, well-integrated style, with dark red berry flavors forming the core. (JL)
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