VINsider Wine Club Collector's Edition

VINsider Wine Club Collector's Edition

Since 2003, we have been aging small libraries of our flagship Esprit de Tablas/Beaucastel wines at Tablas Creek.  Members of the VINsider Wine Club Collector’s Edition have exclusive access to these wines, as well as all the other benefits of being a VINsider Wine Club member.

Join the Collector's Edition

If you're not yet a VINsider, you can register for the Collector's Edition when you join the VINsider Wine Club.  If you're currently a VINsider member, you can upgrade your membership. Although the Collector’s Edition is currently full, we plan to add some members before next fall's shipment.  We will add members subject to available space, in the order in which we received the registration.

Collector's Edition Details

  • Collector’s Edition members receive two shipments of wine per year from us.
  • The spring shipment is the same six-bottle selection that all VINsiders receive.
  • The fall shipment, in which we traditionally include the upcoming vintages of Esprit de Tablas* and Esprit de Tablas Blanc*, is increased to a case by the inclusion of six additional bottles, typically:
    • 2 bottles of a library vintage of Esprit de Beaucastel
    • 1 bottle of a library vintage of Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc
    • 2 additional bottles of the upcoming release of Esprit de Tablas*
    • 1 additional bottle of the upcoming release of Esprit de Tablas Blanc*
  • We select the library vintages each summer based on the results of a library tasting, whose results we post on our blog.
  • As the resulting fall shipment consists of twelve bottles, members receive all the wines at the additional 5% case discount.
  • Also, as the shipment includes at least six bottles of Esprit wines, the collection is shipped at no charge.
  • We will make available a small quantity of the library wines for re-orders.

*Curious about the change on our flagship wines from Esprit de Beaucastel to Esprit de Tablas? Read our blog post explaining the name change.

Collector's Edition Fall 2015 Shipment

The library wines featured in the fall 2015 Collector's Edition shipment will be:

  • 2 bottles of Esprit de Beaucastel 2008 (Our flagship red blend from a graceful, elegant vintage; 94 points Wine Advocate and the comments "a beautiful, classically built wine graced with striking inner perfume, lovely mid-palate juiciness and a round, utterly harmonious finish" )
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2009 (Our flagship white blend from our lowest-yielding vintage ever; 91-94 points from Wine Advocate, James Suckling, Rhone Report and Tanzer's IWC)
  • 3 bottles of Esprit de Tablas 2013 (Our flagship red blend, based on Mourvedre, from a classic California vintage;  92-94 Galloni "gorgeous, impeccable wine")
  • 1 bottle of Esprit de Tablas 2011 (Our flagship red blend, based on Mourvedre, from a classic California vintage; 93 Galloni,  92 Tanzer's I.W.C, 93 Wine Advocate)
  • 2 bottles of Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2013 (Our flagship white blend, based on Roussanne.)
  • 1 bottle of En Gobelet 2013 (Our blend sourced exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks; 91-93 Galloni, "impresses for its pure power and intensity")
  • 1 bottle of Grenache 2013 (Our varietal bottling of the southern Rhone's most important grape)
  • 1 bottle of Grenache Blanc 2014 (A varietal bottling of the rich, textured white Rhone grape that we introduced to California)

Complete notes from a June 2015 tasting are available on the Tablas Creek blog.

More VINsider Wine Club Collector's Edition information


Events

2016 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience Sunday, February 14th

Tablas Creek will join the 50 members of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers for the 2016 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience. This fun-filled and information-rich day will include a "Rhone Essentials" seminar moderated by Esther Mobley, Wine, Beer & Spirits Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, a Vintners' Lunch, and the Grand Tasting and Silent Auction.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Tablas Creek News

Wine Advocate: 15 Wines 90+ Points

In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 220) 15 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit de Tablas (93-96), 2013 Panoplie (94-96), and 2014 Panoplie (95-97). Read the review » More press »

2013 Esprit de Tablas Released!

Our flagship wines from the stellar 2013 vintage, the 2013 Esprit de Tablas and 2013 Esprit de Tablas Blanc, have been released. Our wines »

Anticipating El Niño (L.A. Times)

Tablas Creek's preparations for El Niño were featured in an L.A. Times front-page article Friday, November 27th. Read the article » More recent press »


On the Tablas Blog

Tasting the Wines in the Spring 2016 VINsider Club Shipments

February 12, 2016
Each spring and fall, we send out a selection of six wines to the members of our VINsider Wine Club. In many cases, these are wines that only go out to our club. In others, the club gets a first look at a wine that may see a later national release. About 6 weeks before the club shipments will be sent out, we open them all to write the tasting and production notes that will be included in the club shipments... Over recent years, I've given followers of the blog a first look at these notes. Read More »