2003 Tablas Creek "Panoplie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1051274 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Shockingly good, the 2003 Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie dishes out mature, yet still lively and fresh aromas and flavors of new leather, spice box, licorice, cured meats, black currants and licorice. This gorgeously full-bodied wine fills the mouth with fruit, is ethereally textured and has blockbuster length. At maturity, it should continue to drink nicely for another 5-8 years. Drink now-2021. (JD)  (8/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good dark red. Superripe but vibrant aromas of cherry, raspberry, leather, espresso and flowers; deep and three-dimensional on the nose. Sweet, lush and large-scaled with powerful red fruit and spice flavors complicated by torrefaction notes of mocha and chocolate that winemaker Neil Collins says are from the Mourvedre...With aeration, this showed captivating leather and forest floor nuances that reminded me of Southern France. Finishes with lush tannins and outstanding persistence. (ST)  (7/2005)

K&L Notes

69% Mourvedre, 21% Grenache, 7% Syrah and 3% Counoise.

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.