Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2009
Tablas Creek Vineyard was created in 1987 as a partnership between two wine families. One is the family behind France's legendary Chateau de Beaucastel in the renowned Chateauneuf du Pape appellation of France's southern Rhone Valley, and the other is the Haas family, the founders of importer Vineyard Brands.
They chose the hilly Las Tablas district of west Paso Robles for its similarities to Chateauneuf du Pape: limestone soils, a favorable climate, and rugged terrain. They imported cuttings from the vines on the French estate and used them to create Tablas Creek's organic, estate vineyard.
Tablas Creek Vineyard follows the centuries old Chateauneuf-du-Pape tradition of blending chosen varietals to produce wines that are more complex and elegant, better balanced, and more expressive of terroir than single varietal wines. Vineyard and winemaking techniques, including dry farming and the use of native yeasts, are selected to emphasize the character of place in Tablas Creek Vineyard's wines.
The 2009 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is the winery's flagship white and a blend of 62% Rousanne, 12% Picpul and the rest Grenache Blanc.
"Great fruit in the aromatics and on the attack (honeysuckle, white peach, apricot, and quince) is followed by a full-bodied, dense, yet at the same time, elegant, refreshing, well-delineated wine. It is a superb example of how well these grapes can be blended together by a competent viticultural and winemaking team" -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 92-94 Points
For those who love the "Rhone Rangers," the 2009 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc is the pinnacle of California white wines.