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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 2011, only 750 cases were produced.
2011 Panoplie included in spring 2014 VINsider shipment
The 2011 Panoplie, rated 96 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, and 94 points by Tanzer's International Wine Cellar is available exclusively to Tablas Creek Vineyard’s VINsider club members. One bottle was included in the spring 2014 club shipment, with VINsiders offered the opportunity to order 3 additional bottles. In addition, VINsiders who reserved this wine as futures in December, 2012 received their wine in the fall of 2013. Ordering the Esprit de Beaucastel and Panoplie en primeur is available exclusively to VINsider wine club members.
94 points; "This is pure elegance": Antonio Galloni (July 2014)
96 points; "the wine of the vintage from Paso Robles: Wine Advocate (Aug. 2013)
94 points; "Captivating...penetrating on the palate": Tanzer's IWC (Nov. 2013)
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Panoplie 2011 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 2011'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 2019 and drinking well for two to three decades.
- Mourvedre 60%
- Grenache 30%
- Syrah 10%
- 14.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 750 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
The 2011 vintage was our second consecutive winter with healthy rainfall, but yields were dramatically reduced by two nights of frost on April 8th and 9th, impacting early-sprouting grapes like Grenache and Syrah but largely sparing the late-sprouting Mourvedre. Despite the low crop loads, ripening was slow due to a very cool summer, and harvest roughly three weeks later than normal, beginning in mid-October and not concluding until early-November. Warm, sunny weather during harvest allowed Mourvèdre to reach full maturity. The long hangtime and low yields combined to produce fruit with notable richness balanced by higher than usual acidity, all at low alcohol levels. Syrah was harvested between September 30th and November 9th, followed by Grenache between October 4th and October 9th, and Mourvèdre between October 18th and November 9th.
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 May 2013.