2011 Tablas Creek, "Esprit Blanc de Tablas" Roussanne Blend, Paso Robles

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Press and Tasting Notes

[93 pts Robert Parker] "Easily my favorite of the 2011 whites, and comprised of 64% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc and 10% Picpoul Blanc, the 2011 Esprit Blanc de Tablas offers up a beautifully clear, detailed and balanced profile with plenty of white peach, orange rind, buttered toast, cream and hints of hazelnut all emerging from the glass. Medium ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured September 01, 2014

THE REVIEW

If you are within reach of lobster, you should be within reach of this wine!
    Deep in the limestone hills of Paso Robles, the Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel founded Tablas Creek. Lured to this region from France for its Rhone-like terroir, the Perrin Family did what they do best, they planted traditional Rhone varieties from their French vines to take advantage of California's unique micro-climate.
    Their flagship California white, Esprit Blanc de Tablas, is an amazing white wine modeled after their $150 French white, Beaucastel Blanc. It combines the richness and structure of Roussanne with the spice, minerality and fruit of Grenache Blanc along with the citrusy lift of Picpoul Blanc.
    "Easily my favorite of the 2011 whites...the 2011 Esprit Blanc de Tablas offers up a beautifully clear, detailed and balanced profile with plenty of white peach, orange rind, buttered toast, cream and hints of hazelnut all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, silky and polished on the palate, with excellent acidity and freshness, this beauty can be consumed now, or cellared for a decade." Robert Parker
    This perfect alternative to Chardonnay pairs beautifully with your favorite cheeses or lobster and shrimp, roasted or grilled vegetables, garlic and olive oil dishes, as well as rich fish such as salmon and swordfish. Enjoy! Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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