2008 Panoplie included in spring 2011 VINsider shipment
The 2008 Panoplie, rated 96 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, was made available exclusively to Tablas Creek Vineyard’s VINsider club members. One bottle was included in the spring 2011 club shipment, with VINsiders offered the opportunity to order 3 additional bottles. In addition, VINsiders who reserved this wine as futures in December, 2009 received their wine in the fall of 2010. Ordering the Esprit de Beaucastel and Panoplie en primeur is available exclusively to VINsider wine club members.
In exceptional 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 2008, only 500 cases were produced.
2008 was our second consecutive drought vintage, with low yields, cool-climate characteristics, and a persistent elegance across both whites and reds. A late spring and moderate summer combined with beautiful harvest weather to produce gradual ripening and red wines that were unusually fresh and approachable despite appealing lushness. Syrah began the harvest of our reds between September 9th and October 7th, followed by Grenache between September 23th and October 24th and Mourvèdre between September 30th and October 30th.
The grapes for our Panoplie were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The grapes were fermented using native yeasts in open and closed 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 July 2010.
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Panoplie 2008 is a barrel-by-barrel selection of the most intense lots of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Syrah in the cellar, structured for long aging. It is a vibrant purple-red in color with a rich nose of plum, coffee and mineral. The complex palate shows powerful flavors of black fruit, licorice, pepper, and roasted meat, with an appealing inkiness from the unusually high Syrah content. It is intense yet lifted by vibrant acidity and persistent minerality, with a wonderfully long, spicy finish.
Since 2007, we have made our En Gobelet exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks. The results have been so compelling that we're planning to plant our entire new parcel -- all 55 acres -- in this style over the coming decade. Join us for this vertical tasting of every vintage of En Gobelet, from the 2007 to the newly-blended 2014. We'll also offer, before the tasting, an optional hike led by Viticulturist Levi Glenn through the rugged Scruffy Hill block from which we source most of the wine, and finish with a picnic lunch on our patio. $60 for wine club members and $75 for guests. Reservations are essential; we expect this to sell out. To reserve, email us at email@example.com or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30. Details & More Events »
We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members. More shipping news »
In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »