2007 Tablas Creek "Panoplie" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1074399 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The top wine of the estate and a blend of 60% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah aged mostly in foudre, the 2007 Panoplie is much more backward, tannic and foreboding than the Esprit de Beaucastel cuvée, which is easy to understand given the higher percentage of Mourvèdre in the blend. Blackcurrants, smoked earth, new leather and crushed herbs give way to a hugely structured, concentrated 2007 that has terrific purity and a rocking finish. Just now at the early stages of maturity, it opens up beautifully with time in the glass and will keep for another 10-15 years, but I suspect have a gradual decline after that. This monumental wine is probably one of the top three to five wines ever made from Paso Robles. Hats off to Jason Haas and the whole team at Tablas Creek for this incredible effort.  (7/2018)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Looking at the Mourvedre-dominated special cuvee, the 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie is off the charts and up with some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from Paso Robles. Massive in every way, yet never heavy or ever putting a foot wrong, it delivers thrilling red and black currants, leather, licorice, garrigue and roasted meat aromas and flavors that flow seamlessly to a full-bodied, mouth-filling red that has incredible richness and depth, sweet tannin and good acidity. A thrill ride of a wine and a joy to drink, it should continue to blow minds for another decade or more. Drink now-2023. (JD)  (8/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Intensely perfumed nose suggests strawberry and raspberry preserves, rose, incense and minerals. Sappy, sweet and penetrating, offering pure red fruit flavors and a tangy note of singed orange. The polar opposite of the "basic" Esprit, emphasizing strong mineral-laden character and graceful floral qualities. As mouthfilling and powerful as this wine is, it also displays a delicacy and precision that I would never expect from this region. I'd have no hesitation serving this alongside some of the big guns of the 2007 vintage from the southern Rhone. (JR)  (11/2009)

94 points Vinous

 Licorice, game, incense, smoke and tobacco meld into dark blue and black fruit in the 2007 Panoplie. A surprisingly delicate, mid-weight wine for the year, the Panoplie impresses for its balance. With time in the glass, the wine's structure becomes more apparent. Hints of dried rose petal, lavender and spices add the final layers of complexity. (AG)  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

Jeb Dunnuck recently called this bottle "probably one of the top three to five wines ever made from Paso Robles." A previous Wine Advocate review by Robert Parker scored 98+ points: "The limited-production (around 540 cases), compelling 2007 Panoplie, is a real connoisseur’s pick. A blend of 60% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, and 10% Syrah, tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the wine has notes of graphite, camphor, acacia flowers, and black currant as well as hints of blueberry and coffee bean. The wine is very rich, full-bodied, but at the same time, the limestone soils at Tablas Creek seem to impart a definition and structured style that provide uplift to what is a very powerful, rich, full-bodied wine. It should drink well for 15 or more years." (08/2010)

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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.