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2008 Tablas Creek Roussanne and Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, Paso Robles

The 2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, Paso Robles is a lush, full-bodied wine, golden-hued and aromatically rich. Baking spice, pear, tropical fruit, white flowers and mineral waft gently from the glass. Flavors are much the same with pear, tropical fruit and spice being most dominant. Grenache Blanc makes of 30% of the blend and provides acidity to balance the Roussanne’s plush texture. This wine would go very well with steamed crab or lobster. It’s also rich enough to hold it’s own with salmon, poached or grilled. Drink now through 2018. Very highly recommended.

2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc, Paso Robles
Rating: Very Highly Recommended
Drink: Now through 2018
Retail Price: $50 (not yet released)
Blend: 65% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 5% Picpoul Blanc
Fermentation: Stainless steel and neutral oak, 100% malolactic fermentation
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 1,800 cases
Closure: Cork


Note: I realize that this picture is of the previous year's vintage, but I figure it's better than nothing.

You might also like to try, as I did, the 2008 Tablas Creek Roussanne, Paso Robles ($29). It’s a very good wine itself and is interesting to compare side-by-side with the Esprit de Beaucastel. Doing so can highlight the contributions of Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc to the blended wine. The Roussanne is still complex but even more focused on the ripe pear and tropical fruit. Missing is some of the more tart fruit, acidity and a bit of the minerality. I found a spicy orange rind on the nose and palate of the Roussanne that I didn’t find in the blend though. Pair with chicken koorma on basmati rice with aromatic Indian spices. Drink now through 2016. Highly recommended.

2008 Tablas Creek Roussanne, Paso Robles
Rating: Highly Recommended
Drink: Now through 2016
Retail Price: $29 (only available at the winery or via their web store)
Blend: 100% Roussanne
Aging: Aged on lees for 6 months: half in stainless, half in French oak
Alcohol: 14.2%
Production: 500 cases
Closure: Cork

Both wines were tasted at Solano Cellars. We paid for the tasting.

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