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in worthy 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 2010, only 600 cases were produced.
2010 Panoplie included in spring 2013 VINsider shipment
The 2010 Panoplie, rated 94 points by Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 94-96 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and 94-96+ points by the Rhone Report is available exclusively to Tablas Creek Vineyard’s VINsider club members. One bottle was included in the spring 2013 club shipment, with VINsiders offered the opportunity to order 3 additional bottles. In addition, VINsiders who reserved this wine as futures in December, 2011 received their wine in the fall of 2012. Ordering the Esprit de Beaucastel and Panoplie en primeur is available exclusively to VINsider wine club members.
95+ points; "thrillingly rich and polished": Wine Advocate (Aug. 2013)
94 points; "sexy ... deeply pitched ... alluringly sweet": Tanzer's IWC (Nov. 2012)
94-96 points; "stunning depth, richness and sheer power": Wine Advocate (Aug. 2012)
94-96+ points; "rich and full ... with a cool purity of fruit": The Rhone Report (Jun. 2012)
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Panoplie 2010 shows a wealth of both fruity and savory aromas, including blueberries, plum pit and olive tapenade. The mouth shows a lovely melted licorice character, rich yet tangy, with a saline note characteristic of many 2010's, and a spice note in balance with fruit and mineral components. The finish is long, clean and complex, with beautiful balance. We expect it to drink well for another year or so, then tighten up for a few years before reopening around 2018 and drinking well for two to three decades.
- 60% Mourvedre
- 30% Grenache
- 10% Syrah
- 14.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 600 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
The 2010 vintage saw healthy rainfall after three years of drought. The ample early-season groundwater and a lack of spring frosts produced a good fruit set. A very cool summer delayed ripening by roughly three weeks, with harvest not beginning until mid-September and still less than half complete in mid-October. Warm, sunny weather between mid-October and mid-November allowed the later-ripening varieties to reach full maturity. The long hangtime and cool temperatures combined to produce fruit with intense flavors and dark color at low alcohol levels. Syrah was harvested between September 28th and October 13th, followed by Grenache between October 4th and November 13th, Counoise between October 17th and November 6th, and Mourvèdre between October 4th and November 18th.
The grapes for our Panoplie were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
Each lot was individually fermented using native yeasts in either upright oak casks or stainless steel fermenters. After pressing, the wines were moved into barrel, blended, and aged in one 1200-gallon French oak foudre before being bottled in July 2012.