2011 Esprit Tablas BlancPaso Robles California
Tablas Creek Vineyard is the product of a decades-long relationship between the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas, a long-time importer of quality wines. The families created a partnership in 1985 and four years later purchased a 120-acre property in the Las Tables district of west Paso Robles known for its similarities to Chateauneuf du Pape: limestone soils, a favorable climate and rugged terrain. In essence, the partners brought the best of the southern Rhone Valley to the Central Coast of California.
This well-balanced and refreshing blend of Roussanne (64%), Grenache Blanc (26) and Picpoul Blanc (10%) offers aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, melon and white peach along with a lush body that displays juicy details and mineral touches that lead to a long, nutty finish. 93 points Wine Advocate; 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Center; 92-95 points Rhone Report; 90 points Wine Spectator. 13.5% ABV RWCW