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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 2019, 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 2020. Our blend leads as always with Mourvedre (62%), with additions of the year's best lots of Grenache (22%) for lushness, sweet spice, and vibrancy and Syrah (16%) for black fruit, density, and tannic richness.
The 2019 Panoplie is exclusively available to Tablas Creek Vineyard wine club members.
With all the luscious intensity of its blockbuster vintage, the 2019 Panoplie shows Mourvèdre's meaty, mocha signature, with black fruit and chalky tannins from Syrah and a luscious boysenberry juiciness from Grenache. It will be hard to resist young, but we expect it to age effortlessly up to 30 years.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 62% Mourvedre
- 22% Grenache
- 16% Syrah
- 14.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 850 Cases Produced
The 2019 vintage began with ample rainfall the preceding winter. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and a cool first half of the summer delayed flowering and the ripening of our earlier varieties. Beginning the second week of July, the weather turned warm but never so warm to engage the vines' self-defense mechanism of shutting down, accelerating ripening of our later varieties and producing intense flavors. The resulting compressed harvest was completed under ideal conditions and the vintage shows both concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing ample 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's components were fermented separately, then selected for Panoplie, blended in June 2020 and are currently aging in foudre before expected bottling in July 2021.