2017 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
48% Voignier | 40% Grenache Blanc | 12% Roussanne
Fermented in concrete eggs, oak and stainless steel barrels; no malolactic fermentation.
Aged four months sur lie: 56% concrete, 37% in French oak barrels (7% new), and 7% stainless steel barrels

 

Wine Advocate | 93+
A blend of 48% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc and 12% Roussanne, the 2017 Epoch White is further testimony to the excellence of which Paso Robles whites are capable, wafting from the glass with a fragrant bouquet of peach, white flowers and lime cordial. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, taut and concentrated, with mouthwatering acids and a long, fragrant and beautifully delineated finish. While Viognier is the largest component of the blend, it doesn’t drown out the other varieties’ voices. Drink 2018 – 2026. – William Kelley (May 2018)

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 93
I always love the white from this estate and the 2017 White (48% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, and the rest Roussanne) is another winner. White flowers, stone fruits, citrus, and a distinct salty minerality all emerge from this elegant, incredibly pure, finesse-oriented white that will keep for 3-4 years. Drink 2018 – 2022. – Jeb Dunnuck (November 2018)

 

Vinous | 93
Pale bright yellow. Penetrating scents of ripe citrus and pit fruits are joined by hints of chalky minerals, candied ginger and honeysuckle. Juicy and deeply concentrated but lively in the mouth, offering poached pear, peach nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that show excellent delineation and energetic back-end lift. The mineral and floral notes repeat emphatically on the incisive finish, which lingers with impressive persistence. Drink 2020 – 2025. – Josh Raynolds (September 2018)

2016 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
47% Grenache Blanc | 39% Viognier | 14% Roussanne
Fermented cool in concrete eggs, concrete tulips, and barrels with weekly batonnage. No malolactic fermentation.
Aged five months sur lie: 61% concrete and 39% in French oak barrels (10% new)

 

Wine Advocate | 91+
Composed of 47% Grenache Blanc, 39% Viognier and 14% Roussanne, the 2016 Epoch White opens with lovely oral notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom over a core of poached pears, preserved lemons and allspice. Medium to full-bodied and dry, with a pleasant suggestion of oiliness to the texture and a lively backbone lifting the spicy stone fruit and pear flavors, it finishes on a lingering white pepper note. Drinking deliciously now, it should age beautifully over the next six to eight years. – September 2017 (Lisa Perotti-Brown)

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 93
The 2016 Estate White checks in as a blend of 47% Grenache Blanc, 39% Viognier and the balance Roussanne, all of which spent 5 months, on lees, in 61% concrete tanks and the rest in 10% new barrels. It offers terrific notes of peach, spice, brioche and caramelized pineapple. Rich, unctuous and layered, yet with bright acidity and a great finish.

 

International Wine Report | 91
The Estate White is composed largely of Grenache Blanc (47%) and Viognier (39%). It begins with inviting aromas of lemon blossom, lychee and baked apples which leap from the glass. On the palate this is beautifully textured with flavors of green apple, lychee and poached pear. This is a lithe and delicious white wine which is showing incredibly well now. (Best 2017-2022) – December, 2017 (OB)

2015 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
46% Viognier | 40% Grenache Blanc | 14% Roussanne
Fermented cool in concrete eggs, concrete tulips, and barrels with weekly batonnage. 15% skin contact. No malolactic fermentation.
Aged five months Sur Lie in 61% concrete, 30% Neutral oak barrels, and 9% new once-used barrels

 

Wine Advocate | 92
The 2015 Epoch White is made from mostly Grenache Blanc and Viognier, yet has 14% Roussanne in the blend. Aged five months on lees (a mix of concrete, neutral barrels and 9% new barrels), it offers impressive notes of citrus rind, white flowers and saline-like minerality in its fresh, tight, crisp and downright classy profile. It’s a prime example of how good these Rhone-themed whites from Paso are today. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years. – August 2016 (Jeb Dunnuck)

2014 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
52% Viognier | 48% Grenache Blanc
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.
Aged five months Sur Lie in 42% concrete, 31% stainless steel barrels and 27% Neutral oak barrels

 

Wine Advocate | 91
Always a beautiful white, the 2014 Epoch White is a blend of 52% Viognier and 48% Grenache Blanc that was raised in a combination of concrete eggs, stainless steel and neutral oak. Seeing a touch of skin contact and no malolactic fermentation, it has pretty notes of white peach, lemon, honeysuckle and a touch of minerality to go with a bright, juicy, clean and lively feel on the palate. It gains a touch of richness with time in the glass, but it’s more fresh than rich. It will drink nicely for 1-3 years. – August 2015 (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

Vinous | 91
Light yellow-gold. Complex, high-pitched aromas of fresh citrus and pit fruits and jasmine, with a mineral nuance building in the glass. Penetrating and pure, showing excellent focus to its Anjou pear and orange zest flavors underscored by a hint of chalk. This fleshy, dry wine finishes with solid thrust and excellent mineral-driven persistence. – September 2015 (Josh Raynolds)

2013 White

Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, Paso Robles
52% Grenache Blanc | 39% Viognier | 9% Roussanne
25% Aged in concrete tanks | 42% Aged in neutral oak barrels | 33% Aged in stainless steel barrels
604 cases produced

 

Wine Advocate | 90
A beautiful white that’s made from 47% Grenache Blanc, 45% Viognier and the balance Roussanne, the 2013 White offers clean, classy notes of apple blossom, citrus rind and salty minerality to go with a medium-bodied, balance and nicely focused feel on the palate. Aged 6 months on less, in 25% concrete, 33% Stainless and the rest in neutral oak, this beauty has both richness and freshness. Drink it over the coming 1-2 years. – August 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

Vinous | 90
The 2013 White is nicely layered in this vintage. White and yellow stone fruits meld into flowers and mint. In 2013, the greater presence of Viognier adds texture, body and volume. – July 2014 (Antonio Galloni)

2012 White

Paderewski and Catapult 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

 

Vinous | 93
The 2012 Epoch White is one of the most beautiful, striking wines of the vintage. Apricot, peach, mint and white flowers all meld together in this deeply satisfying, rich, resonant wine. All the elements are perfectly balanced in this delicious white. – July 2013 (Antonio Galloni)

 

International Wine Report | 92
The 2012 Epoch White is fantastic blend… from the Catapult and Paderewski vineyards.  It brings gorgeous aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, vanilla, melon, stony mineral, white blossom, white pepper and dew notes.  It has a wonderful rich texture that is balanced by just the right touch of acidity.  This is a delicious wine that should develop nicely over the next few years. Best 2014-2020. – December 2013 (Joe D’Angelo)

 

International Wine Cellar | 91
Half of this wine was raised in concrete eggs and the rest in neutral oak and stainless steel):  Light yellow.  Fresh citrus fruits and pear skin on the pungent, mineral-tinged nose.  Juicy, palate-coating orchard fruit flavors show very good depth and pick up a bitter quinine nuance with air.  Honey and floral notes emerge on the clinging finish.  This hefty but lively wine will be extremely flexible at the table. – November/December 2013 (Josh Raynolds)