Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2006 – Versatile White Rhone Blend

This delicious blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc produces a silky, round wine with intense fruit, spice, layers of flavor and a long finish. It is a full-bodied white that pairs beautifully with hearty fish cuisine such as lobster, swordfish, and salmon, but also stands up to a wide variety of dishes. I enjoyed a glass as an aperitif at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines (see February 2, 2008 post) and enjoyed it so much that I had another pour with my beet and chanterelle mushroom ravioli soup. You can pull the cork and enjoy this blend now, or lay it down for five to ten years. Tablas Creek, located in Paso Robles, California, is owned and operated by the Robert Haas family and the famous Perrin brothers, Jean-Pierre and François, of France’s Rhone Valley (owners of Chateau de Beaucastel). This is a spectacular wine made by wonderful people with long wine histories in the United States and France. Also, try their reds from Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise, among others. All Tablas Creek wines are made from their own certified organic vineyards. Tablas Creek Esprit de Peaucastel Blanc is available at most fine wine stores for about $29.00. 

~ by Thomas on February 3, 2008.

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