Tablas Creek was a pioneer when it started in 1989, planting Rhône varieties at a time when there were none in the area. But despite being a high-profile joint-venture, Tablas Creek hasn’t been a splashy, sudden rise-to-fame winery. Instead, it’s grown steadily and quietly, into one of the leading California Rhône producers. While visiting the Paso Robles area for the annual Hospices de Rhône event, I stopped by Tablas Creek and tasted through a lineup of 10 Esprit de Beaucastel reds and whites dating back to 2000. Here are my tasting notes.
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