Block B

Always 100% Syrah. Always 100% Paderewski. Always 100% Block 13. The fruit for this wine hails from clone 174 vines grown on the east-facing Block 13, known as Block B, within our Paderewski Vineyard.

 

2013 Block B

Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek  | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One northeast-sloping white limestone hillside
Ethnicity: 100% Syrah, clone 174
Siblings: 449 Cases Produced
Ideal Mate: No accompaniment is needed… but if you must, Wagyu rib eye, grilled rare

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 5 – 7, 2013 | Birth weight: 26.7° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~48% whole cluster in stainless steel tank and oak tanks, ½-ton French oak puncheons, 1-ton bins and ½-ton clay amphora
Education: Aged for 17 months in 49% new and 29% neutral French oak barrels and puncheons and 12% clay amphora
GPA: 3.85 pH | 5.4 g/L TA | 15.8% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled April 24, 2015  | Debut: Released Fall 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2018-2030+

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI:
A jaw-dropping beauty. A sensation of purity, balance and tremendous strength. The 2013 Block B is super muscular and jam-packed with structure, yet completely round and balanced on the palate. Although still just a bébé, this child is bred from some fine Syrah DNA and is already showing astounding integration. He shows no hard edges, yet is loaded with texture – density, viscosity, yes, and then some. Block B is a drink for the twilight hours and later into the eve.

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 97
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2012 Block B

Birthplace: Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Bred off of one northeast facing limestone hillside

 

MY PROFILE
Ethnicity
: 100% Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Gender: Male | Eye Color: Bright blue | Body Shape: Muscular jock
Languages: French, Italian and Mandarin | Hobbies: Rugby and ballet | Siblings: 253 Cases

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 18 and 25, 2012 | Birth Weight: 26.8° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~ 52% whole cluster in stainless steel and ½ ton French oak puncheons
Education: Aged for 18 months in 44% new French oak barrels and puncheons
GPA: 3.72 pH | 6.7 g/L TA | 15.9% Alc. | Major: Rocket Science
Graduation: Bottled June 2014 | Debut: Released Spring 2015 | Liberation: I will rock you from 2018 – 2028

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
If you are a Block B lover, this is your wine. It is just so Block B! If you are new to Block B and thus have probably never coveted the juxtaposition of earth, brine, black olive, raw meat and iodine alongside white flowers, black fruits, anise and chocolate in your wine, then welcome. You will never view Syrah the same again! The 2012 Block B captivates your nose and palate with its addicting iconoclastic, unforgettable flavors – deliciously itself and very age worthy.

 

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Scores
: Wine Advocate 95, Wine Spectator 92
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2011 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Fermented in 100% French oak puncheons
Aged 17 months in in 55% new French oak
236 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

 

“Like a rock…” Regardless of vintage, our Block B is always highly concentratedand tannin-rich due to its very specific terrior … Block B.  Deemed “Most Serious” in his Senior class, this wine will consistently wow you with its inky color, thick minerality and ripe but intense tannin structure. Try this wine and there is no way you will think that 2011 was a lean vintage. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 97, Wine Spectator 92, Wine Enthusiast 92, Vinous 94, International Wine Cellar 94, International Wine Report 95
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2010 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Fermented in concrete tanks, French oak puncheons and one-ton bins
Aged for 22 months in 56% new French oak
314 cases produced

 

Block B has its usual graceful muscle with an incredible level of gorgeous Syrah fruit rounding out its chewy texture and an unmistakable earthiness. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresWine Advocate 96+, Wine Spectator 93, Rhone Report 98, International Wine Report 96
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2009 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah
Aged for 23 months in 43% new French oak barrels and puncheons
182 cases produced

 

The 2009 Block B is all about minerality and texture. Not only is this wine made from grapes grown exclusively on one 6.5 acre parcel on the Paderewski Vineyard, it is actually a compilation of only the finest barrels made from many different harvest picks from this parcel. It’s super limited in production and always will be. Aromas evolve as air hits the glass – dried herbs, sage, dark chocolate, black cherry and ocean air on the nose lead to crushed limestone, black olives and bing cherry on the palate. Rich in texture and balanced by a line of nice acidity, this wine is a baby and will greatly benefit from cellaring – the longer you can wait the better. Estimated cellar age: 15+ years. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 94, Wine Spectator 91, Rhone Report 96, International Wine Cellar 92

 

 

2008 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah | 100% Block B
Aged 22 months in 55% new French oak barrels
181 cases produced

 

Single variety, single vineyard, single block… absolutely epic. This wine is 100% Syrah from one intense and unique site on the Paderewski Vineyard – Block B. While blending, its intense and unique flavor profile screamed to be left alone to highlight the exact location on which it was grown. We did just that! The result shows an unique balance between ripe, delicious fruit, an intense minerality originating from our high limestone soils and delicate floral notes. Dark brambly berries, dried sage and bay leaf, violets and a hint of sea breeze play a role in Block B’s intricate aromas. Its palate is long and lush with a line of fresh acidity to balance its smooth black fruit and tannin. This wine is all about its texture, leaving the mouth watering for its next indulgent sip and worthy of 10+ years of cellar age.

 

ScoresWine Advocate 95, Wine Spectator 95, Rhone Report 95, International Wine Cellar 91