Author KottabosSite / BlogTrust Rating
Tasted On 03/08/2014
After many years, this wine is finally coming into its own and ready to drink with decanting. Deep reddish-purple in color with a nose of fresh raspberries, strawberry cordial, licorice, and ginger root. The beautifully complex palate expresses luscious blackberry and blueberry fruit, violet, clove, and frankincense notes as well as chewy tannins and a luscious minerality. An exceptional effort from Tablas Creek.
From memory. The bouquet showed earthiness, berries, minerals (what I like to call "soda rock") and a hint of oak. The midpalate was full, round and rather heavy. It was multi-layered, with ripe Grenache fruit and plenty of acidity and tannin. The finish was longer than average, but had a medicinal twinge at the end. This wine still has plenty of structure and weight, and could age for at least five more years.
Opened young to see where things are going. I echo Steve Tanzer's notes on this wine. If you're interested in a better description than I can give it, Tablas' blog has recent tasting notes. Great stuff at this price point and I'm glad I have more- this winery is one to watch though I'm afraid to see what happens when people find out Parker gave the most recent Panoplie upwards of 98 points...
Will let my other bottles rest a few more years and develop. Scored lower b/c I opened it young (not the wine's fault).
Wow, does this ever need to breathe. First impression is nothing but road tar. The second day it was open you could taste the smoky fruit. Finally softened and became reasonably pleasant on the third day. Give it some more time.
Dark garnet in color, this wine has an alluring nose of cassis, wet earth, and mushrooms. In the mouth it is rich with flavors of cassis, cherry, and leather that hang on a framework of leather and iron that rings with a clarity of a perfectly forged bell. The finish extends these resonant flavors as long as you have the patience to pay attention. Drinking this wine not only provokes intense pleasure, it begs the question as to why more people are not making similarly styled southern Rhone blends this well. Undoubtedly ageworthy.