Special Wine Offer: Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

by Russ Anderson on November 5, 2014

tablas creekHere is a value wine offering of the other sort – incredible quality at a great but not inexpensive price.​

​Short Story – this is one of Alice’s favorite wineries and perhaps her favorite in the United States. So, it is in our house a lot.​ Equally important, it is a delicious bottle of wine and now offered at a great price.

tablas creek sign​M​id Length ​Story – this project is a “new classic” ​from a California​ vineyard that consistently offers classic wines each year. Tablas Creek is a partnership between two influential wine families. The Perrin family who ​own Chateau Beaucastel, one of Chateauneuf du Pape​’​s top producers. The Haas family is the long time​ United States ​importer of these wines and an influential national importer​, Vineyard Brands. They partnered up to found Tablas Creek in Paso Robles, centered around Rhone varietals and low intervention wine making. ​Their work has made them one of the key ​proponents of Rhone grapes in California.

​The Long Story – come by the store and I will tell you of our visits to the winery, tastings at home and the role these wines have played in the United States wine market. ​(The sign above, in California, points to the sister property in France.)​

The ​Offer – The Esprit de Beaucastel (or Spirit of Beaucastel) is their top bottling and a delicious California interpretation of Chateauneuf du Pape.​ It is made from 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Counoise.​ It has the depth of flavor and complexity that make it perfect for holiday meals and family celebrations. ​ At the table,​ ​it is a fantastic pairing ​with la​m​b but also with marbled steaks and veggies slow cooked with Provencal and Mediteranean influences.​ I would even look to moussaka and other dishes with richly layered flavors.​

​The nose is currently a little reticent but has notes of violets, leather,​ and ​a melange of red and blue fruits​. The palate is richer than the nose indicates with​ a smooth silken texture​, rich blue fruits combined with some rosemary, licorice, even clove and red spice​. It demonstrates the richer flavors of California combined with the lighter elegant touch of France, resulting in a delicious bottle that will empty all too quickly at your dinner table – ​you’ll see​!

​This wine normally retails in the $50 range. I’m offering single bottles at $42, 6 packs at $38 and for the cellar stockers, cases at $34 a bottle. ​By the case, the price is discounted over 30%.​

​This truly is a value priced Chateauneuf du Pape stand in, welcome at any holiday dinner table and worthy of time in the cellar. Call or email to let me know how many you would like. As inventory is limited, this offer won’t last long.

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