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 2007, only 500 cases were produced.
2007 Panoplie included in Spring 2010 VINsider shipment
The 2007 Panoplie, rated 98+ points by Robert Parker, was sent exclusively to Tablas Creek Vineyard’s VINsider club members. One bottle was included in the spring 2010 club shipment, with VINsiders offered the opportunity to order 4 additional bottles. In addition, VINsiders who reserved this wine as futures in December, 2008 received their wine in the fall of 2009. Ordering the Esprit de Beaucastel and Panoplie en primeur is available exclusively to VINsider wine club members.
99 points; "a thrill ride of a wine and a joy to drink": Wine Advocate (Aug. 2013)
97 points; "A spectacular wine": Rhone Report (Dec. 2010)
98+ points: Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010)
95 points: Tanzer’s IWC (Nov. 2009)
96-98 points; "As good as a Rhone Ranger blend can be": Wine Advocate (Aug. 2009)
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Panoplie 2007 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.
- 60% Mourvèdre
- 30% Grenache
- 10% Syrah
- 14.5% alcohol by volume
- 500 cases produced
Recipes & Pairings
The 2007 vintage was the best vintage we've yet seen at Tablas Creek. Yields were very low (down between 15% and 30%, depending on variety) due to a cold and very dry winter, which produced small berries and small clusters. A moderate summer without any significant heat spikes followed, allowing gradual ripening, and producing red wines with tremendous intensity, excellent freshness and a lushness to the fruit which cloaks tannins that should allow the wines to age gracefully. Syrah began the harvest of our reds between September 5th and October 3rd, followed by Grenache between September 25th and October 22nd and Mourvèdre throughout October and completing the harvest on October 30th.
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 2009.