2019 White

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 91-93
The same Grenache Blanc-dominated blend as the 2018, the 2019 White is a pretty, lively, medium-bodied white offering classy notes of crushed citrus, nectarines, and white flowers. It shines for its freshness yet still brings plenty of texture and length on the palate. -September 2020 (Jeb Dunnuck)

2018 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
47% Grenache Blanc, 42% Viognier, 11% Roussanne
Fermented in concrete egg, concrete tulip, and French oak barrels and puncheons
Aged four months sur lie: 53% in concrete and 47% in French oak barrels (14% new)

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 94
This estate makes beautiful whites, and the 2018 Estate White checks in as 47% Grenache Blanc, 42% Viognier, and 11% Roussanne. It has a fruit-forward, fleshy style as well as pure notes of pineapple, white peach, tangerine, honeysuckle, and salty minerality. With beautiful balance, integrated acidity, and a great finish, it has the class to stand nicely on its own yet will also shine on a dinner table. Drink 2019 – 2022; October 2019,  (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

Vinous | 93
Pale yellow. Penetrating aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits are complemented by hints of chalky minerals and ginger. Juicy and incisive in the mouth, offering pear, peach and Meyer lemon flavors that show excellent clarity and mineral drive. The mineral note carries strongly through the energetic finish, which displays sharp delineation and impressive tenacity. Raised in a combination of small concrete tanks and French oak barrels; February, 2020 (Josh Raynolds)

 

Wine Advocate | 93
The 2018 Epoch White is made up of 47% Grenache Blanc, 42% Viognier and 11% Roussane aged in 14% new oak. It has floral aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom and musk with a core of poached pears, green apples, lime peel, fresh quince and a minerally undercurrent. The palate is light to medium-bodied, clean, fresh and floral with mouthwatering freshness and a long, lifted finish. 720 cases produced.                  -February 2020 Erin Brooks)

2017 White

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
48% Viognier, 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; May 2018,  (William Kelley)

 

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; November 2018,  (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

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. – September 2018, (Josh Raynolds

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)

 

 

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.

 

Vinous | 92
Bright yellow. Dried pear, honeydew melon, peach pit and chamomile on the deeply perfumed nose, which is energized by a hint of candied lemon peel. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering intense citrus and pit fruit flavors along with fennel and quinine nuances. Plays richness off vibrancy with a deft hand and finishes very long and chewy, leaving a suave floral note behind. I’d love to serve this wine alongside a top-notch white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. – November 2017 (Josh Raynolds)

 

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)

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 | 93
A blend of 46% Grenache Blanc, 40% Viognier and 16% Roussanne, the 2015 Epoch White reveals pretty aromas of peaches, apricots and what the French call “fleurs de vignes”—the flowers produced by blossoming grapevines. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, pure and succulent, with good depth and concentration and a youthfully chalky finish. -May 2018 (William Kelley)

 

Vinous | 91
Light yellow-gold. Tangerine, melon and a citrus pith nuance on the fragrant nose. Sappy and tightly wound, offering dried pear and Meyer lemon flavors that flesh out and become more succulent with air. Picks up a hint of tarragon on the finish, which lingers with very good, mineral-tinged persistence. – September 2016 (Josh Raynolds)

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

 

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)

 

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)

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

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 93
As an example of how the whites age, Jordan opened a 2013 White, which was still youthful and showing beautifully. Citrus blossom, white flowers, some obvious minerality, and beautiful richness and depth on the palate all made for a beautiful, compelling white. -November 2018

 

Wine Advocate | 91
The 2013 Epoch White is a blend 47% Grenache Blanc, 45% Viognier and 8% Roussanne. It opens with delicate notions of acacia and baby’s breath, Bosc pear, quince peel and fresh apples with touches of lime peel and candle wax. Light to medium-bodied, it’s very pretty in the mouth with delicate but intense, floral-laced fruits and great freshness to lift the finish. 604 cases were made. -February 2020 (Erin Brooks)

 

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)

 

Wine Advocate | 92
Made primarily from Grenache Blanc with the stated goal to be fresh and lively, the 2012 Epoch White succeeds admirably. Fermented all in concrete eggs, it offers knockout citrus, pear, grassy herbs and hints of tropical fruit to go with a medium-bodied, pure and lively palate that has superb depth through the mid-palate. Fresh, clean and focused, it’s impressive and should be consumed in its fresh and lively youth. Drink now.

2011 White

Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, 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)

 

Jeb Dunnuck | 90
Beautifully aromatic, with citrus and apple-laced fruit being supported by solid underlying minerality and slate like characteristics, the 2011 Epoch Estate Wines Estate White, almost all Grenache Blanc, is medium-bodied, round, sweetly fruited and fresh. It’s a straight-up delicious white meant for drinking over the coming year or two. -June 2012 (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

Rhone Report | 90
Pale yellow. Mineral-accented aromas of pear, nectarine and white peach, with suggestions of mace and fennel. Dry and firm-edged, with a smoky quality adding interest to the sappy pit and orchard fruit flavors. Bright acidity adds lift and bite to the firm, minerally finish. – November 2012 (Josh Raynolds)

 

Vinous | 90
The 2011 Epoch White is quite beautiful in this vintage. The addition of Marsanne and Roussanne to the Grenache Blanc helps to smooth some of the pricklier edges that are found in the 2010. Aging in steel and neutral oak keeps the floral and stone fruit flavors vibrant, textured and beautifully focused. The blend is 70% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne. – August 2012 (Antonio Galloni)


Wine Advocate | 90
The 2011 Epoch White is quite beautiful in this vintage. The addition of Marsanne and Roussanne to the Grenache Blanc helps to smooth some of the pricklier edges that are found in the 2010. Aging in steel and neutral oak keeps the floral and stone fruit flavors vibrant, textured and beautifully focused. The blend is 70% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014. August 2012 (Antonio Galloni)