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.
Join us for the Paso Robles Wine Community's biggest celebration! We'll pour Esprit de Beaucastel at Friday's Reserve Event and a range of new releases at Saturday's Grand Tasting. And all weekend we'll have special wines open at the winery and will be taking tours to visit our herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys. Sunday 11am to 1:30pm enjoy Chef Jacob Lovejoy's small plates, free with a tasting. Details & more events »
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May 15, 2013
Take a look at the seven-line entry of Frank Schoonmaker, America’s foremost wine expert and author in 1964, about terroir. His association, rather than the "somewhereness" the wine exhibits, is more of a taste of dirt, neither elegant nor elevated: "somewhat unpleasant, common, persistent”. My, how things have changed. More »