White

A vibrant blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier are enhanced with a hint of Roussanne that dances across the palate.

 

2016 White

MY PROFILE

Parentage: 61% Catapult and 39% Paderewski Vineyards

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Stomping Grounds: North and east-facing shale and limestone-studded hillsides

Ethnicity: 47% Grenache Blanc, 39% Viognier, 14% Roussanne | Siblings: 510 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: August 23 – September 9, 2016 | Birth Weight: 23.2° Brix

Rearing: Fermented cool in concrete eggs, concrete tulips, and barrels with weekly batonnage. No malolactic fermentation.

Education: Aged five months sur lie: 61% concrete and 39% in French oak barrels (10% new)

GPA: 3.32 pH | 7.0 g/L TA | 14.3% Alc.

Graduation: Bottled March 10, 2017 | Debut: Released Spring 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2017 – 2019

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

A white for all seasons (and all meals!), and don’t be afraid to hide some in your cellar for a while. Grenache Blanc has found such a sweet spot fermenting and aging in concrete that we had to try our hands at Viognier in concrete as well. We love the results and depth of character that intertwine in this bold yet light-on-its-feet Southern Rhône-inspired blend, loaded with citrus, pineapple, cream and a touch of barrel spice from the Roussanne.

 

 

2015 White

MY PROFILE

Parentage: 71% Catapult and 29% Paderewski Vineyards

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Ethnicity: 46% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, 14% Roussanne | Siblings: 491 Cases

Ideal Mate: Oysters on the half shell

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: August 14 – September 14, 2015 | Birth Weight: 22.8° Brix

Rearing: Fermented cool in concrete eggs, concrete tulips, and barrels with weekly batonnage. 15% skin contact. No malolactic fermentation.

Education: Aged five months Sur Lie in 61% concrete, 30% Neutral oak barrels, and 9% new once-used barrels

GPA: 3.26 pH | 7.4 g/L TA | 14.3% Alc.

Graduation: Bottled March 3, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2016 – 2020

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

She’s a white wine, but she is mighty and built to last. Like opening Pandora’s box, uncorking this wine is a wild ride of explosive favors – white peaches, citrus blossoms, ginger, lemon oil, crème fraîche, dried straw and custard. Grenache Blanc and Viognier fermented and lees-aged in concrete deliver abundant freshness and rocky minerality. The third sibling, Roussanne, returns to the DNA and lengthens out the palate, gifting age-worthiness and a honeyed viscosity. The 2015 Epoch White will wow you now and for several years to come. Age her – we dare you!

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 92

 

 

2014 White

Parentage: 63% Catapult and 37% Paderewski Vineyards

Hometown: Paso Robles | District: Willow Creek

 

MY PROFILE

Ethnicity: 52% Viognier, 48% Grenache Blanc

Gender: Female | Hair Color: Golden | Body Shape: Round in all the right places

Favorite Food: Triple cream brie | Hobbies: Gardening | Siblings: 870 Cases

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: August 18 – September 2, 2014 | Birth Weight: 23.2° Brix

Rearing: Fermented in two French concrete eggs, two concrete Italian tulips, stainless steel, and neutral oak barrels. Skin contact on one contributing lot of Viognier for 24 hours. No malolactic fermentation.

Education: Aged five months Sur Lie in 42% concrete, 31% stainless steel barrels and 27% Neutral oak barrels

GPA: 3.28 pH | 6.3 g/L TA | 14.3% Alc. | Major: Horticulture

Graduation: Bottled February 2015 | Debut: Released Spring 2015 | Liberation: Summer 2015 – 2017

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

To look at Grenache Blanc and Viognier, you might think, “what would their kid look like?” Well, these two have hatched an equal-parts lovechild as our newest generation of Epoch White. Like a good child, she represents the strengths of both her parents. Sporting all the sea-salt minerality, grapefruit, white flower, and fresh hay of Grenache Blanc, and her Viognier roots contributing ginger, rose oil, and fresh peach, the combination is fresh and bright, yet weighty and age-worthy: the perfect union.

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 91, Vinous 91

 

 

2013 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles

52% Grenache Blanc | 39% Viognier | 9% Roussanne

25% fermented and aged in concrete tanks | 42% fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels | 33% fermented and aged in stainless steel barrels

604 cases produced

 

Thirst-quenching, rock licking, ambrosia in a bottle – a deliciously serious twist on white Rhone varieties. We have officially geeked out and done many different fun winemaking techniques on this white – from concrete fermentation on Grenache Blanc to skin contact on the Viognier. The result is a wine with great minerality and acidity (thank you Grenache Blanc) with mouth-coating stone fruit and ginger spice elements courtesy of a nice wallop of Viognier. This wine should age beautifully, if you’re willing to wait that long! – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 90, Vinous 90

 

 

2012 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles

61% Grenache Blanc | 31% Viognier | 8% Roussanne

Fermented in concrete, stainless steel and neutral oak barrels

Aged in concrete, stainless steel and neutral oak barrels

217 cases produced

 

White peaches and liquid minerality – Epoch’s 2012 White has a racy Grenache blanc backbone with spice and floral elements from Viognier and a little Roussanne to round out the palate. This was our first year fermenting and aging Grenache blanc in concrete, which gave us levels of texture, complexity and a purity of site. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Vinous 93, International Wine Report 92, International Wine Cellar 91

 

 

2011 White

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

70% Grenache Blanc | 20% Marsanne | 10% Roussanne

100% Barrel fermented in neutral oak and stainless steel barrels

120 cases produced (Tasting Room Only)

 

No flabby feelings allowed for our Epoch white! Our estate-grown Grenache blanc is the main player in our crisp and refreshing white Rhone blend, with smaller amounts of Roussanne and Marsanne adding spice  and complexity. White grapefruit, citrus blossom and lemon oil aromas lead to a brightly textured palate, alive with citrus, wet stone and a delicious creaminess. To preserve its delicate fruit, this wine was gently vinified and produced without exposure to oxygen or cold stabilization. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

 

2010 White

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

100% Grenache Blanc

100% barrel fermented

50 cases produced (Tasting Room Only)

 

As inviting on  the nose as it is on the palate. Epoch Estate Wines’ first white wine, this 100% Grenache Blanc is as inviting on the nose as it is on the palate. Bright lime, lemon and grapefruit aromas accompany a hint of white flowers, apricot marmalade and grilled pineapple. This white is a smooth-drinker with creamy citrus, fresh mango and lemon bar flavors. Its full, mouth-coating palate is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of summer salads, sandwiches and fish dishes. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker