Zinfandel

Generally 100% Zinfandel, yet in some vintages there might be a splash of Syrah, Mourvèdre or even Carignan for spice and texture. This wine pays homage to Ignacy Jan Paderewski who was the first to plant Zinfandel in Paso Robles. 

 

2014 Zinfandel

MY PROFILE

Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Stomping Grounds: Two northeast to southwest rolling limestone hills

Ethnicity: 83% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 3% Viognier | Siblings: 507 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: August 30 – September 8, 2014 | Birth Weight: 27.3° Brix

Rearing: Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks and 1-ton bins

Education: Aged ~ 18 months: 20% new French oak and 80% neutral oak

GPA: 3.77 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.7% Alc.

Graduation: Bottled May 16, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2017 – 2022

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

One luxurious sip and this voluptuous, irresistible beauty will have you clicking your heels together and thinking “there’s no place like Paso.” All dark berry fruits reign supreme here – blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries – and have quieter accompaniments of roasted herbs, vanilla bean and barrel spice. She’s de nitely showy, but her billowiness is also her charm

 

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Scores: Wine Spectator 92

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2013 Zinfandel

Birthplace: Paderewski Vineyard

District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

Stomping Grounds: Bred off of one northeast facing limestone hillside

 

MY PROFILE

Ethnicity: 85% Zinfandel, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah, 3% Tempranillo

Gender: Male | Eye Color: Black | Hair Color: Dark Brown | Body Shape: Tall and lean

Aspirations: U.S. President | Hobbies: Basketball and politics | Siblings: 352 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS

Birthdate: September 7 and 19, 2013 | Birth Weight: 27.3° Brix

Rearing: Fermented ~23% whole cluster in concrete and stainless steel tanks

Education: Aged for 15 months 34% new French oak barrels and puncheons

GPA: 3.77 pH | 5.2 g/L TA | 15.7% Alc. | Major: Business | Minor: Economics

Graduation: Bottled February 2015 | Debut: Released Fall 2015 | Liberation: Rocking votes from 2016 – 2023

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

He didn’t go to prep school nor did any of his relatives go to college. He’s the first college grad of his family and from an Ivy League school no less. The 2013 Zinfandel is an inspirational story – where he’s from (the wrong side of the tracks), where he is now and his potential for the future. With no hoity-toity shoes to fill, he is defining what it means to be a Zinfandel and setting a new bar for what Zins can be – boisterous, charismatic and just down right irresistible aromatically, yet complex, layered and crying for cellar age on the palate. Who knows, he might be seen at dinner in the White House one day. He is a true example of the American Dream.

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 95

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2012 Zinfandel

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

96% Zinfandel | 2% Mourvèdre | 2% Syrah

Fermented in concrete tanks and one-ton bins

Aged for 16 months in 35% new French oak barrels and puncheons

269 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

 

Confucius says “Study the past if you would define the future.” Ignaci Jan Paderewski was onto something when he planted Zinfandel in the limestone hills on our property back in the 1920s. He knew then what we are finding out now – how complex and world-class America’s grape can be! Our 2012 Zinfandel wows the senses with lush huckleberry, cream and warm briar notes, yet quickly shows more character depth with elegant structure and that special earthiness bred from our Paderewski Vineyard. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

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

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2011 Zinfandel

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

80% Zinfandel | 14% Syrah | 6% Tempranillo

Fermented in 75% concrete tanks and 25% French oak puncheons

Aged 16 months in 30% new French oak

199 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

 

A cornucopia of flavors – blackfruits, white pepper spice, dried herbs, rock minerals – all funneling into the middle of your palate. This is one of those wines that fills your mind with thousands of thoughts in one second. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

ScoresWine Advocate 94, International Wine Report 93, Wine Spectator 91

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2010 Zinfandel 

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

83% Zinfandel | 14% Syrah | 3% Tempranillo

Aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels and puncheons

129 cases produced

 

A beautifully-sloped east facing hillside at our Paderewski Vineyard is mecca for our Primitivo clone of Zinfandel. Year in and out our Zinfandel walks a delicate line of intense lushness and a site-driven nuance, two traits that seem mutually exclusive until you meet this wine. The 2010 Zinfandel is boisterous upfront, with striking boysenberry and berry brush character. And then delicious layers unfold – candied lavender, dried summer brush, black licorice and smooth chocolate. As the wine plays on the tongue you will find the definition of velvety tannin. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

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

 

 

2009 Zinfandel

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

94% Zinfandel | 6% Mourvèdre

Aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak

209 cases produced

 

Our 2009 Zinfandel possesses all the delicious, bold American-ness of the variety but slightly refined as if dressed up for a black-tie event. We added a small amount of Mourvedre (6%) to this single block of Primitivo clone 3 Zinfandel to lengthen the mid palate and extend its palate with fine-grained tannins. High-toned red fruits, dried coastal brush and white pepper lend way to a palate packed with fruit, vanilla spice and hint of savory meat. This finely structured Zinfandel lingers on the finish – don’t be afraid to serve it to your old world wine-loving friends! – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

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

 

 

2008 Zinfandel

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

100% Zinfandel

Aged 12 months in 60% new French oak barrels

114 cases produced

 

An elegant Zinfandel with roots in history. Paying homage to the first Zinfandel vines planted by Ignacy Jan Paderewski on our Paderewski Vineyard, Epoch’s 2008 Zinfandel is intensely aromatic, rich, bold and luxurious. Aromas of sun-drenched bay leaves, concentrated huckleberries, and brown spice lead to a supple yet mouth-watering palate loaded with explosive blueberry fruit, tangerine, fresh lavender and clove. Drink now or with 5-10 years of cellar age.

 

Scores: Wine Spectator 91, International Wine Cellar 91