https://www.youtube.com/watch?…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, and then blended. We 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.
- 94-95 Points; “Densely packed yet lively in style, delivering firm closing thrust and velvety tannins”: Vinous (Feb. 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.
View tasting notes on the Tablas Creek YouTube page: Panoplie Tasting – 2017 Panoplie with Chelsea and the Shepherd.