2004 Tablas Creek "Panoplie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1051588 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Panoplie is a blend of 69% Mourvedre, 21% Grenache, and the rest mostly Syrah with a touch of Counoise. This wine is showing fabulously well out of bottle, with complex earthy, gamey, smoky notes of burning embers and charcoal as well as black cherry and black currant fruit. The wine is broad, full-bodied, powerful, and rich. It is a beautiful homage to the famed luxury cuvee called Jacques Perrin from Chateau Beaucastel. This wine should evolve for at least 12-15 or more years. (RP)  (8/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Deep, musky aromas of black fruits, leather, espresso and flowers. Fat, lush and sweet, with superconcentrated kirsch-like flavor offering outstanding volume as well as great creamy depth. I would have picked this blind for Grenache. Finishes impressively long, with fine, dusty tannins. Even sweeter than the Esprit normale, and showing more early sex appeal. (ST)  (9/2006)

Vinous

 The 2004 Panoplie catches Tablas Creek at an earlier stage in its history when things were much more in development. The 2004 Panoplie is quite exotic, with an Amarone-like sweetness that runs through the fruit. Dried herbs, mocha and leather are some of the notes that open up over time, but it is the wine's distinct sweetness that is the main signature. (AG)  (7/2014)

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Rhone Blends

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United States

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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.