Veracity

Our nod to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this Grenache-based blend embraces its status as a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre) with elegance, panache, and a consistent sunny-ness that reminds Owner, Bill Armstrong, of the wines from the Southern Rhone – wines that inspired him to start this crazy Epoch journey in the first place.

 

2014 Veracity

MY PROFILE

Parentage: 63% Paderewski and 37% Catapult Vineyards

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Stomping Grounds: Steep slopes of shale and limestone

Ethnicity: 66% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 16% Syrah | Siblings: 875 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: August 29 – October 1, 2014 | Birth Weight: 27.0° Brix

Rearing: Fermented in concrete tanks and 1⁄2-ton French oak puncheons

Education: Aged ~ 18 months: 8% concrete egg, 24% new French oak and 68% neutral oak

GPA: 3.52 pH | 5.9 g/L TA | 15.4% Alc.

Graduation: Bottled May 17, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2018 – 2025

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

This lush and vibrant West Paso Roblean GSM is unabashedly fruit driven, but don’t underestimate her age-ability and pensiveness. Upfront she is all red, juicy fruit and sweet orange, however, as she breathes in your glass, the intricacies, albeit idiosyncrasies, of a Grenache-based GSM will entice you. Bursting with fruit, great delineating acidity, sun-drenched herbs and crushed rock minerality, she gets more complex with air and most definitely needs time in bottle.

 

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2013 Veracity

Birthplace: Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Stomping Grounds: No more than 10” of topsoil on shale and limestone slopes

 

MY PROFILE

Ethnicity: 49% Grenache, 34% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah

Gender: Female | Eye Color: Green | Hair Color: Dark brown | Body Shape: Tall and graceful, think runway model

Aspirations: Documentarian | Hobbies: Vocals and blues guitar | Siblings: 912 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: September 3 – October 4, 2013 | Birth Weight: 27.1° Brix

Rearing: Fermented ~27% whole cluster in concrete and stainless steel tanks, one-ton bins and 1/2 ton French oak puncheons

Education: Aged for 17 months in 32% new French oak mid-sized barrels and puncheons

GPA: 3.63 pH | 5.7 g/L TA | 15.6% Alc. | Major: Women’s Studies and Gender Equality | Minor: Journalism

Graduation: Bottled April 2015 | Debut: Released Fall 2015 | Liberation: Rallying from 2017 – 2027

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

Blended elegance. Like Scarlett Johansson in a straight jacket, the 2013 Veracity is barely revealing her obvious yet masked potential. If ever people say Grenache is not a serious grape, make them try this wine! Cellaring and decanting is not just for beefy Syrahs and Cabernets; with its bright acid backbone and vibrant peppery structure, the newest Veracity vintage is begging for patience. Earthy, foresty Mourvèdre grounds the boisterous fruit and adds weight and cohesion to the mouthwatering texture and chalky rock minerality.

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 95, Wine Spectator 90

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2012 Veracity

Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, Paso Robles

55% Grenache | 27% Mourvèdre | 18% Syrah

Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, one-ton bins, and 1/2 ton puncheons

Aged for 17 months in concrete egg and 30% new French oak barrels and puncheons

920 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

 

Serious wine alert! Beyond its vibrant youthfulness, there is a deep soul to the 2012 Veracity that will remind you of all the reasons why wine is wine. The aromas, flavors, acid and picante tannins all merge together to create a unique balance unto only this wine. Reminiscent of the Southern Rhone wines that inspired its inception, yet so obviously born of west Paso, this wine is only starting to reveal its true colors. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 94, Wine Enthusiast 94 & Editors’ Choice, Vinous 92, Wine Spectator 91, International Wine Report 91

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2011 Veracity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

57% Grenache | 25% Mourvèdre | 18% Syrah

Fermeted predominantly in concrete along with one-ton bins and stainless steel tanks

Aged 16 months in 25% new French oak

651 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

 

Grenache is the headliner in Epoch’s 2011 Veracity, a southern-Rhone inspired blend, showing the still velvety but also more muscle-y side of the grape in terms of structure and focus – think Lara Croft vs. Audrey Hepburn. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 93, Wine Enthusiast 95 & Editors’ Choice, Wine Spectator 91, International Wine Cellar 92, International Wine Report 92+

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2010 Veracity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
69% Grenache | 23% Mourvèdre | 4% Syrah | 4% Counoise

Aged for 18 months in 41% new French oak barrels and puncheons

589 cases produced

 

Epoch’s 2010 Veracity is a juicy, layered Grenache based GSM grown on the slopes of our limestone-studded Paderewski Vineyard. With its Grenache component fermented mostly in concrete, this wine’s minerality is subtly juxtaposed next to lush red fruit, citrus and white flowers – quite enticing. Many of the lots that make up this blend were expressive co-fermentations of Syrah with Grenache and Mourvedre. Counoise also makes an appearance for the first time to add spice and bright strawberry elements. Don’t let Grenache wines fool you – they age just as well as Syrah and need time to open up. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

ScoresWine Advocate 94, Wine Spectator 94, Rhone Report 95, International Wine Cellar 92

 

 

2009 Veracity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

36% Grenache | 32% Syrah | 32% Mourvèdre

Aged for 20 months in 38% new French oak

374 cases produced

 

Elegant yet approachable, the 2009 Veracity will charm the Rhone fanatic as well as the curious newcomers. It is a pure and seamless ‘GSM’ blend with almost equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre that shows the brilliance and finesse of Rhone grapes from our Paderewski Vineyard. This wine possesses bright, aromatic and mouth-watering tangerine citrus notes that pop out of the glass and linger through the finish – most likely a product of its Grenache component. In addition, hints of rose petals, dried brush, red raspberry and vanilla are just a few more elements that combine in this velvety-textured Rhone drink. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 92, Wine Spectator 93, Rhone Report 94, International Wine Cellar 93

 

 

2007 Veracity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

48% Grenache | 39% Mourvedre | 13% Syrah

Aged 14 months in 65% new French oak barrels

181 cases produced

 

A beautiful expression of Grenache… floral-laced fruit, spice and velvety texture. One of our three Rhone-based blends, Veracity is Epoch’s exuberant and voluptuous ‘GSM’ blend, loaded with floral-laced fruit, spice and velvety texture. The 2007 Veracity shows inviting aromas of sweet citrus flower, candied orange peel, black raspberry and sassafras leading to a bright and soft, lush palate with intense berry fruit and cigar box spices. Beautifully perfumed with a fruit-forward and rich mouthfeel, this wine will make a Grenache-drinker out of anybody. Drink now or with 5-10 years cellar age.

 

ScoresWine Advocate 94, Wine Spectator 92, Rhone Report 93, International Wine Cellar 90