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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 à Jacques Perrin. In 2017, only 850 cases were produced.
As always, Panoplie is selected from lots chosen in the cellar for their richness, concentration and balance, always giving pride of place to Mourvedre's rich meatiness and firm structure. Each lot was fermented individually before being selected, blended and moved to foudre to age in July 2018. Mourvedre was outstanding in 2017, and our blend reflects that (69%), with roughly equal portions of Grenache (17%) for lushness, sweet spice, and vibrancy and Syrah (14%) for black fruit, density, and tannic richness.
The 2017 Panoplie is exclusively available to Tablas Creek Vineyard wine club members. VINsiders who reserved this wine as futures in December 2018 received their wine in the fall of 2019. Ordering the Esprit de Tablas and Panoplie "en primeur" is available exclusively to Wine Club members.
96 points; "The strikingly long, penetrating finish shows strong": Vinous (Dec. 2020)
94-95 Points; "Densely packed yet lively in style, delivering firm closing thrust and velvety tannins": Vinous (Feb. 2020)
93 points; "very perfumed, concentrated and super fresh": Wine Advocate (Oct. 2020)
93-95 Points; "medium-bodied palate features intense, garrigue-tinged fruits with a firm frame of grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing very long and full of flavor.": Wine Advocate (Oct. 2019)
95-97 points; "Shows outstanding clarity and floral lift on an extremely long, penetrating finish”: Vinous (Sep. 2018)
A deep, lovely Rhonish nose of dark red currant fruit, sandalwood, new leather, and a licorice note that echoed between red and black. The mouth is luscious and generous with flavors of red plum, loamy earth, clove spice, and baker's chocolate. Rich texture, full, long, and complex, with a finish that lasted for a full minute. A delicious wine with a long life ahead; we predict two decades of life, easily.
Watch Chelsea and the Shepherd taste and discuss Panoplie: Tasting 2017 Panoplie with Chelsea and the Shepherd.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 69% Mourvedre
- 17% Grenache
- 14% Syrah
- 14.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 850 Cases Produced
The 2017 vintage saw our drought end with a bang, as we received 43 inches of rain and saw our rainiest month ever in January. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a normal time frame, and produced such a healthy vineyard that we saw canopy sizes and cane lengths we hadn’t seen in years. The summer began relatively cool, but was punctuated by two heat spikes, one in early July and the other in late August, that accelerated ripening and produced intense flavors. The resulting vintage shows the health of the vines with a combination of concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing powerful fruit.
The grapes for our Panoplie were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
The grapes were fermented using native yeasts in a mix of 1500-gallon wooden upright fermenters, open-top tanks and closed stainless steel fermenters. After pressing, the wines were moved into barrel and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. The Esprit was selected from the vintage's best lots and blended in May 2018, then aged in 1200-gallon French oak foudres for another year before being bottled in July 2019.