2006 Tablas Creek "Panoplie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1051479 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blockbuster offering is the 2006 Panoplie (68% Mourvedre, 27% Grenache, and 5% Syrah). Aged in large wood foudres and the smaller demi-muids, this beauty reveals notes of soy, roasted herbs, gamy animal, and copious quantities of black and blue fruits. With superb texture, full-bodied richness, and a long finish, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years. (RP)  (8/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby color. Deeper dark fruits on the nose than the "basic" Esprit. Also more brooding and slow-to-unfold, eventually giving up black cherry, tobacco, licorice and candied plum. A big, rich mouthful of wine, displaying a full range of black and blue fruits and a velvety texture. The finish is utterly seamless, and endless. Today I prefer the elegance of the previous wine but this is built for the long haul. (JR)  (11/2008)

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Rhone Blends

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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.