Tablas Creek Vineyard Vin de Paille Paso Robles 2006
Berry Bros & Rudd review: This joint venture between Californian winery proprietor Robert Haas and the Perrin family of the great Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape took a few years to find its feet but recent vintages have been outstanding. The vines' location has been very well chosen in Paso Robles to yield high quality Mediterranean-style wines from southerh Rhone varietals. This vintage is made up of 45% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 5% Counoise. The aroma boasts black cherry, blueberry and licorice, with hints of dark chocolate, while the palate is rich, generous and warming with bags of dense black fruit, supported by excellent acidity and a fine edge of minerality.<br/><br/>(Alun Griffiths MW, BBR Buyer)
Tablas Creek, founded by the Perrin brothers of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands, produces organically farmed, estate-grown Rhone varietals and blends in the limestone clay soils of west Paso Robles.
Awesome rhone blend from Paso. Black cherries and blackberries jump out first followed by red cherries. Great balance, long finish, just a fantastic wine.
California Mourvedre berries from French clones dried on straw to concentrate flavors, and oh how they did. Aromatic nose of smoke, lychee, bay leaves with hint of mint, barnyard, and dark chocolate. On the attack noticeable acid and heat and fruit give way to weightly and slick and sweet flavors of rich ripe cherry-berry, chocolate, and sweet vineyard earth. Well-integrated and balanced but beware the wine favors the sweet, clearly a dessert wine. Expensive but about worth the price and probably ok to drink now but might be better in a year.
Elegant mouthfeel. Vivid wild berries and interesting hints of nutmeg, cedae and coconut. Long finish. Some nuances in this wine I have not experienced together before. Very interesting and complex, ever changing on the palate.
Like it's big brother in France, this is a wonderful depiction of Southern Rhone. Consistently a great effort, vintage to vintage.
I'm a huge fan of Mourvèdre so I really loved this wine. Deep ruby in color. Full bodied and intense, yet elegantly complex. Aromas of dark berries, cedar, nutmeg and coconut. I believe Wine Spectator gave it 93 points
External Reviews for Tablas Creek Vineyard Vin de Paille Paso Robles
A superb effort, the 2006 Esprit de Beaucastel (45% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache, 22% Syrah, and 5% Counoise) boasts a deep ruby/purple hue along with aromas of blue and black fruits, forest floor, and spring flowers, and a full-bodied personality displa... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel 1500ml
Well-balanced, intense yet elegant. Full-bodied, showing vivid blueberry and wild berry flavors, with hints of nutmeg, cedar and coconut. Ends with a long, complex finish that shows a pleasant loamy, earthy quality. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Cou... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel 1500ml
93 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red with a bright rim. Spicy red berries, potpourri and minerals on the nose; this smells awfully fresh. Bright, palate-staining raspberry and blackcurrant flavors possess
The superb 2000 Esprit de Beaucastel is a blend of 35% Mourvèdre, 26% Syrah, 25% Grenache, and 14% Counoise. It reveals complex characteristics of cloves, spice box, cinnamon, and black fruits in a full-bodied, Châteauneuf de Pape-like style. Dense and chewy, with tremendous intensity as well as richness, like the 2002, it should age well for 10-12 years.
A musky, animal-scented wine, which may put some sniffers off. If you can get past that, it is superb. Brilliantly fruity, with a mélange of berry and spice flavors, rich tannins, and the good acidity that comes from West Side Paso grapes.
Good intensity and vibrancy of flavors, with grapey blackberry and black cherry fruit that turns dry. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Cournoise. Drink now through 2006.
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