Blind tasting against its young American cousin (2012 Tablas Creek Vineyard, Esprit de Tablas). Not unexpectedly, closed in, deep purple, with ample fruit and structure. Several tasters ventured a guess of California Cabernet! Only one taster detected a hint of Syrah. One day later the 2011 Beaucastel Chateaneuf-du-pape began opening up and showing its varietal character. this one will reward the patient person! The Esprit de Tablas was much lighter and elegant with a soft finish. Very accessible at this point but still a little closed in and not fully showing its varietal character. Guessed as a Bordeaux in blind tasting! Great fun to see what the same winemaker can do with the same grapes in two very different parts of the World (Paso Robles versus Rhone). Even more fun, preceded the tasting with the Tablas Creek White Chateaneuf, an excellent wine. Many thanks to the Perrin family for bringing their winemaking talent to this country.
not a 90 plus pt Beau ?
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