A good name should be educational. The best wine names should not only give clues to what is inside the bottle, but also set a mood to let people know if the winery is being clever or serious, fancy or down to earth. Our previous wine names Clos Blanc and Reserve Cuvée did neither. The names were too generic, and the term “reserve” has been so corrupted by bulk wine producers that it is virtually meaningless.
We decided to focus our names on our connections: the Rhône Valley and Châteauneuf du Pape. The Esprit de Beaucastel names, even for people who don’t know Tablas Creek, suggest France, the Rhône Valley, and Châteauneuf. And we’re proud to have the participation of the Perrin family. Beaucastel has long been known as one of the premier estates in France, known for its organic viticulture, its tremendous attention to detail, and, most importantly, its wonderful blends of the 13 Châteauneuf du Pape varietals.
The Beaucastel name also has significant recognition in the market, and if it encourages potential consumers to pick up a bottle and read the back, or to ask a sommelier for an explanation, it has succeeded. So, we’re thrilled to be able to announce the release of the Esprit de Beaucastel and the Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. These wines take the place of the Reserve Cuvée and the Clos Blanc as our signature red and white Rhône blends.
For our Grenache-based red blend, we chose Côtes de Tablas, reminiscent of the Grenache-dominated wines of the Côtes du Rhône. This takes the place of the limited release Petite Cuvée.
You're invited to join us for a weekend-long Wine Festival celebration Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd. Friday, we're pouring at the RESERVE event from 4:00-6:30 then hosting a winemaker dinner at Bistro Laurent with wines from Beaucastel and Tablas Creek at 7:00. On Saturday at the Paso Robles downtown park we'll be joining the Paso Robles wine community for the Grand Tasting from 12:00 to 4:00. Sunday at the vineyard we'll have "brunch style" bites starting at 10am and live music with Shawn Clark Family Band from 12:00-3pm.
We were proud to learn that Tablas Creek Partner/GM Jason Haas was voted by his peers the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. His father, our founder Robert Haas, wrote this appreciation on our blog.
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 »
April 27, 2016
Think of each plant that's growing in a given plot of land as like a wick, with its roots delving into the soil for available moisture. If we had overabundant water, we might want to leave some surface weeds to keep levels more reasonable. Instead, in our California climate, eliminating competition from grasses and other surface plants is an essential part of our ability to dry farm. Tilling in the cover crop also allows the insects and microorganisms in the soil to start breaking down the surface biomass accumulated during the winter growth into nutrients that the vines will draw from in the coming months. Finally, the loosening of the soil creates an insulating layer at the surface that helps conserve the water deeper down. Read More »