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

En Gobelet Vertical Tasting and Dry Farming Exploration

Since 2007, we have made our En Gobelet exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks. The results have been so compelling that we're planning to plant our entire new parcel -- all 55 acres -- in this style over the coming decade. Join us for this vertical tasting of every vintage of En Gobelet, from the 2007 to the newly-blended 2014. We'll also offer, before the tasting, an optional hike led by Viticulturist Levi Glenn through the rugged Scruffy Hill block from which we source most of the wine, and finish with a picnic lunch on our patio. $60 for wine club members and $75 for guests. Reservations are essential; we expect this to sell out. To reserve, email us at events@tablascreek.com or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30.  Details & More Events »


Tablas Creek News

MA Shipping Permit Received!

We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members.  More shipping news »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »


On the Tablas Blog

On the Road: a Rhone Pilgrimage

June 24, 2015
By: Darren Delmore
I had the distinct pleasure of tagging along last week on a trade visit to the Perrin family's holdings in the Rhone Valley. Our odyssey began with our thirsty quintet of wine professionals packed into an undersized rental car like foie gras terrine as we traversed from Dijon to Valence. I sat shotgun with GPS in hand and snails in my belly as we watched the landscape change from the sunflowers and Charolais beef pastures of Burgundy to the lavender fields and olive groves of the Rhone. Read More »