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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 2018, only 800 cases were produced.
The 2018 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 2020. Ordering the Esprit de Tablas and Panoplie "en primeur" is available exclusively to Wine Club members.
97 points; "Chewy, steadily mounting tannins shape a powerful, smoke-accented finish that hangs on with suave, floral-driven tenacity": Vinous (Dec. 2020)
94 points; "lovely layers of spices, flowers and earth supported by a firm, ripe structure": Wine Advocate (Oct. 2020)
94 Points; "Harmonious and deftly balanced": Purely Domestic Wine Report (Oct. 2020)
94-96 Points; "extremely persistent finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.": Vinous (Feb. 2020)
A deep, lovely Beaucastel-like nose of dark red currant fruit, sweet Middle Eastern spices, pomegranate reduction, and a graphite-like minerality. The mouth is luscious but still vibrant, with flavors of dark cherry, blood orange, and chocolate cake with raspberry reduction. The wine has rich texture, with loamy earth, clove spice, and baker's chocolate. The finish lasted a full minute, reverberating between red and black licorice, with sweet spice lingering at the end. A delicious wine with a long life ahead; we predict two decades of life, easily.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 64% Mourvedre
- 24% Syrah
- 12% Grenache
- 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 850 Cases Produced
The 2018 vintage saw an almost ideal balance of vine health and stress, as is often the case with the first dry year after a very wet one. Although rainfall was just 70% of normal, the rains came late, delaying the onset of bud-break and the beginning of the growing season. The cool weather continued most of the year, punctuated by a six-week heat wave in July and early August. But temperatures moderated before picking began, and harvest proceeded under slightly cooler than normal conditions, allowing us to pick without stress and producing fruit (and wines) with intense flavors and good balancing acidity.
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 Panoplie was selected from the vintage's best lots and blended in May 2019, then aged in 1200-gallon French oak foudres for another year before being bottled in July 2020.