2012 Tablas Creek "Panoplie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1260930 94-96 points Vinous

 A rich, ample wine, the 2012 Panoplie is also a great example of the year. Here the fruit is sweet and textured to the core, yet there is plenty of underlying energy in support. The textured, explosive finish is a thing of beauty. I expect the 2012 to be compelling pretty much upon release. Actually, it already is. (AG)  (7/2014)

94-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright violet color. Presents a heady, expansive bouquet of black and blue fruit preserves, incense and smoky Indian spices. Smooth, seamless and deeply pitched blueberry and cherry-cola flavors are complicated by notes of licorice and allspice, with a floral pastille note creeping out on the back half. Really stains the palate, finishing with superb clarity and length and velvety, harmonious tannins. (JR)  (11/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The top wine of the estate and the least impressive Panoplie I've tasted, the 2012 Panoplie (70% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah) offers a darker slant to its blueberry, blackberry, wet stone, underbrush and crushed-rock aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, supple, fresh and lively, without the normal back-end depth or concentration that's normally found in this cuvee, it's still beautifully balanced, has good richness and texture, plus a great finish. Aged 21 months in 65% neutral foudre, it will drink well for another decade. (JD)  (7/2015)

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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.