In exceptional vintages, Tablas Creek Vineyard produces small quantities of Panoplie: a Mourvèdre-based cuvée from meticulously selected grapes, made in the model of Château de Beaucastel’s Hommage á Jacques Perrin. In 2006, only 400 cases were produced.
2006 Panoplie available exclusively to VINsider club members
The 2006 Panoplie, rated 95 points by Robert Parker and 94 points by Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, was made available exclusively to Tablas Creek Vineyard's VINsider club members. One bottle was included in the spring 2009 club shipment, with VINsiders able to order an additional two bottles. In addition, VINsiders who reserved this wine as futures in December, 2007 received their wine in the fall of 2008. Ordering the Esprit de Beaucastel and Panoplie en primeur is available exclusively to VINsider wine club members.
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94 points: Rhone Report (Dec. 2010)
95 points; "A blockbuster offering": Wine Advocate (Aug. 2009)
94 points: Tanzer’s IWC (Nov. 2008)
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Panoplie 2006 is a barrel-by-barrel selection of the most intense lots of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Syrah in the cellar, structured for long aging. It is a dense purple-red in color with a rich plum nose, ripe and sweet with coffee and eucalyptus notes. The complex palate shows full flavors of red and black fruit, licorice, pepper, and roasted meat. It is concentrated, dense and elegant with a wonderfully long licorice and spice finish.
- 68% Mourvèdre
- 27% Grenache
- 5% Syrah
- 15.0% alcohol by volume
- 400 cases produced
Recipes & Pairings
The 2006 vintage was a study of contrasts, with a cold, wet start, a very hot early summer, a cool late summer and a warm, beautiful fall. Ample rainfall in late winter gave the grapevines ample groundwater, and produced relatively generous crop sizes. The relatively cool late-season temperatures resulted in a delayed but unhurried harvest, wines with lower than normal alcohols, strong varietal character, and good acids. Syrah began our red harvest starting September 26th, followed by Grenache on October 4th. Mourvèdre was harvested throughout late October and completed the vintage on November 9th.
The grapes for our Panoplie were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The grapes were fermented using native yeasts in open and closed stainless steel fermenters. After pressing, the wines were moved into barrel, blended, and aged in large-format French oak demi-muids before being bottled in July, 2008.