2013 Panoplie included in spring 2016 VINsider shipment
The 2013 Panoplie, rated 94-95 points by Josh Raynolds (Vinous) and 94-96 points by Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate) is available exclusively to Tablas Creek Vineyard’s VINsider club members. One bottle is included in the spring 2016 club shipment, with a limited opportunity for VINsiders to order 2 additional bottles. VINsiders who reserved this wine as futures in December, 2014 received their wine in the fall of 2015. Ordering the Esprit de Tablas and Panoplie en primeur is available exclusively to Wine Club members.
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 á Jacques Perrin. In 2013, only 700 cases were produced.
The 2013 vintage was a classic California vintage, warm and sunny, with added intensity from the low yields produced by our second consecutive drought year. The summer was consistently warm, without the heat spikes or cold stretches that can delay ripening, and resulted in an early harvest under near-perfect conditions. The net result was a blockbuster vintage, with excellent concentration and good freshness, that should offer both early appeal and the capacity to age. Our Syrah harvest began August 27th, followed by Grenache and Mourvèdre on September 12th. The last pick of all four grapes came October 7th.
The grapes for our Panoplie were grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.
Each lot was individually fermented using native yeasts in either upright oak casks or 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 2015.
Rich, deep and spicy on the nose with both fruity and earth elements: plum skin, new leather, figs, loam and licorice. The mouth is textured and rich with lots of dark red fruit: cassis, black cherry and plum, with a spicy sage note adding complexity. The finish is long and structured: this is a wine built to age, but bursting with energy even in its youth. We expect it to drink well for another couple of years, then tighten up for a few years before reopening around 2020 and drinking well for two to three decades.
July 2nd - 9th, 2017
We’re excited to be returning to the Mediterranean in the summer of 2017 to host a Rhone River cruise aboard the wonderful Uniworld ship S.S. Catherine. Partner Jason Haas, with his wife Meghan, and Executive Winemaker Neil Collins, with his wife Marci, will host this 8-day cruise from Avignon to Lyon. For all the details, and to book, visit our travel partners' Web site at foodandwinetrails.com/tablascreek2017 or call Food & Wine Trails at (800) 367-5348. We hope that you will join us!
In Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Sept. 2016) 28 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit Blanc (93), 2013 Panoplie (95), 2014 Patelin de Tablas (91) and 2014 En Gobelet (93). Read the review » More press »
May 25, 2017
By Jordan Lonborg
For those of you who garden, have fruit trees, a few grapevines, or even a vineyard, pocket gophers can be your nemesis. They will burrow in your garden, sometimes taking entire plants underground with them. The will feast on feeder roots of young trees and/or vines, killing the plant. A garden, orchard, or vineyard is paradise to the pocket gopher. They have water (from irrigation) and an actively growing root system as a food source. We may have lost close to 500 one-year-old vines last year due to gophers. Read More »