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2005 Tablas Creek - Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc Proprietary Blend - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - White

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles

White Proprietary Blend
Score
91
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2013
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135
Author WineDoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.276%
Tasted On 10/31/2013

70% Roussanne really shows through. Rich and creamy, with dried fruit, nuts, caramelized apple and citrus notes. Beautifully layered. Has aged gracefully.

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Author chengl
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 09/24/2012

tasty but could age another 5yrs easily and be decanted another 30 min...only decanted 30min.

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Author Kottabos
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.824%
Tasted On 08/22/2010
Drink Dates 2009-2017

The nose of this deep golden yellow blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Picpoul Blanc barely eeked out aromas of honeyed nectarines and white flowers. Its flavor was similarly reticent, tasting at first of a slightly sweet honey wine. However, it also has an extraordinary minerality and just enough viscosity to coat the tongue and linger on the palate for an extremely long time. The effect of this incredibly long finish is a compounding and eventual strengthening of its flavor to a quite pleasing degree over time, and before you know it - the bottle will be empty and you'll wish you had more. This wine also really shined served with prawns.

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Author WinoGeorge
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Tasted On 08/17/2012
Drink Dates 2010
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Author Vsbastosx
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.113%
Tasted On 06/27/2009

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose it smells like mentholed cherry candies, like cherry Halls. On the palate, it lacks in acidity, flavors, depth. In brief, don't waste your time and money.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.255%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Now I was worried that tasting this wine would be like bringing a butter knife to a shotgun fight, but much like the Giants against the Patriots, this guy held his own! Even after the VV, the grace of the Esprit was impressive, as were the generous fig, pecan, melon and beeswax notes that personified the personality of this wine. The Grenache Blanc (25%) and Picpoul (5%) obviously charge this wine w/ much more racy, green apple driven acidity than a pure Roussanne, making a direct comparison between the two difficult (the ?01 Roussanne provided a more interesting side by side experience w/ the VV). The ?05 Esprit is a wonderfully textured, full bodied, crisp white that serves as a terrific homage to the Rhone

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