2017 Rosé

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
48% Mourvèdre | 28% Grenache | 24% Syrah
Fermented cool in stainless steel barrels with weekly bâtonnage
Aged 4 months sur lie in stainless steel barrels

 

Vinous | 93
Pale orange-pink. Displays incisive, mineral-accented redcurrant, strawberry, blood orange and white pepper aromas, along with a sneaky basil nuance. Chewy, dry and sharply focused on the palate, offering sharply delineated citrus fruit, red berry and floral pastille flavors that deepen and give way to more plush peach and melon qualities on the back half. Shows outstanding clarity, tension and mineral cut on the finish, which hangs on with impressive tenacity. This taut but generous wine, which effortlessly mixes power and finesse, makes a strong case for being the most impressive New World pink wine that I tasted this year. Hell, it’s one of the handful of best rosés that I’ve recently had, from anywhere. If you like rocks in your rosé, here’s your wine. Drink 2018 – 2021; August 2018 (Josh Raynolds)

 

Wine Advocate | 92
The 2017 Rosé from Epoch is immensely impressive and certainly deserves a place on the shortlist of the best Californian rosés I’ve tried in the last couple of years. It’s a Mourvèdre-based wine that includes some Grenache saigné, and it’s fermented and matured in stainless steel barrels. The wine offers up a pretty bouquet of peach, crisp melon and subtle herbs, followed by a medium-bodied, delicately textural palate with succulent acids and lovely concentration, concluding with a pure, beautifully defined finish. Drink 2018 – 2021. May 2018 (William Kelley)

 

International Wine Report | 92 
The 2017 Epoch Rosé is sourced from the Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards in Paso Robles. It is composed from 48% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache and 24% Syrah and starts off with aromatics of delicate red fruits. The silky texture impresses with red cherry candy and guava purée connecting with a touch of citrus. Sturdy yet balanced, this is an outstanding wine by winemaker Jordan Fiorentini.

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 91
The 2017 Rose is also fabulous and will give a top rose from Bandol a run for its money. Made from 48% Mourvèdre, 28% Grenache and the rest Syrah, it offers a light pink color as well as terrific notes of strawberries, orange peel, and fresh flowers. It’s clean, crisp, and pure on the palate with bright acidity, and it’s a terrific rose to drink over the coming 6-12 months. Drink after 2018. November 2018 (Jeb Dunnuck)

2016 Rosé

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
48% Mourvèdre | 36% Grenache | 16% Syrah
Fermented cool in stainless steel barrels with weekly bâtonnage
Aged 4 months sur lie in stainless steel barrels

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 92 
The 2016 Rose is straight up gorgeous, and I’d put this up against the best roses in the world. Revealing a light salmon color, it has lots of strawberry, dried flowers, and saline-like minerality in a medium-bodied, rich, gorgeously textured style. It has real depth, yet stays fresh and lively. It’s not cheap, but it’s damn good. August, 2017 (Jeb Dunnuck)

2015 Rosé

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
54% Mourvèdre | 35% Grenache | 11% SyrahFermented in stainless steel barrels with weekly batonage. 50% whole cluster press/50% saignee
Fermented in stainless steel barrels and one French concrete egg
Aged five months Sur Lie in stainless steel barrels

 

Vinous | 92 & Rosé Roundup 
Light, brilliant orange. Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of dried red berries, blood orange, rose pastille and fennel on the assertively perfumed nose. Offers palate-staining redcurrant and tangerine flavors that are given lift and focus by a chalky mineral nuance and a vibrant floral note. Impressively concentrated yet graceful and precise, with superb finishing precision and lingering florality. I’d put this suave, strikingly balanced wine up against all of the top pink Bandols, all day and any day. – August 2016 (Josh Raynolds)

 

Wine Advocate | 90
Made from a mix of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah, the 2015 Rose from Epoch offers terrific notes of strawberries, herbes de Provence and citrus in a medium-bodied, balanced, refreshing style. It’s a seriously good rose that will be very versatile on the dinner table and drink well through this time next year. – August 2016 (Jeb Dunnuck)

2012 Rosé

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
43% Grenache | 34% Syrah | 14% Cinsault | 9% Mourvèdre

 

Wine Advocate | 90
A smoking good rose that’s made in a dry, Provencal style, the 2012 Rose delivers up notions of orange rind, mineral and strawberry with a fresh, lightly textured palate that has solid length and richness. Drink it over the coming year or so. Drink now. – August 2013 (Jeb Dunnuck)

2011 Rosè

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
68% Syrah | 32% Grenache
Fermented and aged for 4 months in stainless steel barrels
131 cases produced

 

International Wine Cellar | 90
(made from two-thirds syrah, which was vinified with whole clusters, and one-third saignee grenache): Pale orange. A high-pitched, spice-accented bouquet evokes strawberry, blood orange, baking spices and dusty minerals. Lively and silky in texture, offering suave flavors of red berries, citrus fruits and candied rose. Finishes on a refreshingly bitter note, with very good energy and precision. – November 2012 (Josh Raynolds)