Overall, 2019 was a mild, long, even, and cool vintage – my favorite type! We had significant (above average) rainfall and late budbreak (about two weeks later than normal). Nice and easy was the name of the game for the rest of the year with plenty of available water during much of the growing season and no crazy heat waves. As a result, these wines are balanced with lots of freshness.
2019 was a later, milder, and more even-tempered vintage than 2018. Yields were up in 2019 due to the nice rainfall we had that winter which lasted through March 2019. Canopies were green, healthy, and very happy too. A little nerdy side note: the diurnal temperature swings were less extreme in 2019 (meaning the nighttime lows weren’t as low in 2019 as 2018), leading to less acid in the wines, higher PHs, and more ease on the palate. Cool weather in the spring led to some issues with flowering for Grenache, however, this decrease in crop meant we didn’t have to do as many crop adjustments in the vineyard.
We actually started picking grapes only a day later in 2019 than in 2018, but 2018 had greater diurnal temperature swings and many more days over 100 than 2019. That being said, 2018 wasn’t a crazy hot year for us either, but it was drier with more see-sawing temperatures.
The last pick in 2018 was 10/17 vs. 10/24 in 2019 – so pretty close. Tannins had ample time to get really ripe and supple in 2019, and since the spring was cool, we believe that also led to lower overall tannin development in the wines than in 2018. All this leads to wines from 2019 that are pure, elegant, and very balanced. The acids are a touch lower than “classic” and pHs a bit higher, which make for a more approachable and supple vintage.
We also enjoyed reading what friend and wine critic, Jeb Dunnuck, had to say about the 2019 vintage in Paso:
The result of a long, even, cooler growing season, the wines show remarkable purity of fruit and complexity while possessing slightly more rounded, supple, seamless profiles on the palate. In general, the wines have a good sense of freshness without the more tannic style of the 2018s.
Looking at the growing season, this was a departure from the drought years of 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the region received a welcome cooler, wetter winter and spring. The growing season can be broken up into two parts, the cool, wet weather up through the early parts of June, which helped saturate the water table and delayed flowering and bud break, followed by a warmer, dry period in July, August, September, and October. Vine health was outstanding throughout the year and yields (aside from Grenache, which shattered due to cool weather at flowering) are close to average. One notable point on the vintage was the lack of heat spikes, and while most growing seasons see 10-12 days above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, 2019 saw only 6 days.
This all shows in the wines. They have a smooth, supple, easygoing feel that mirrors the even growing season, and the warmth at the end of the year resulted in ample ripeness and richness while still not blowing out the aromatics. The 2019s have plenty of up-front appeal and, in general, are more approachable than the more tannic, structured 2018s. The important difference between 2018 and 2019 is the lack of hydric stress and warmer later season weather as well as fewer diurnal swings in 2019, which resulted in slightly softer, more rounded wines. While I think 2019 slots in just behind 2018, both vintages have their own style and are loaded with brilliant wines.
Listed below are the wines being offered this release. Upon login on your designated release day, you will be able to access your allocation and select the wines of your choice! If you need a refresher on the expectations and perks associated with your Entourage level, click here. As a reminder, our Entourage members always have first dibs on our new release wines! You all have access to these wines a full year before they make their way to our Tasting Room or Distribution (i.e. any local restaurants or wine shops).
2019 Authenticity: $95 | Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96
2019 Block B: $105 | Jeb Dunnuck: 95
2019 Creativity: $100 | Jeb Dunnuck: 92-95
2019 Ingenuity: $75 | Jeb Dunnuck: 95-97
2019 Mourvèdre: $85 | Not Yet Reveiwed
2019 Tempranillo: $85 | Not Yet Reviewed
*All scores are from barrel samples
To read about our newly released wines, please click here.
Our Fall 2022 Allocations open to our Entourage Members on the following dates:
Entourage Elite: Orders processed the week of September 5th
Entourage 12: Tuesday, September 13th at 10 AM PST
Entourage 6: Thursday, September 15th at 10 AM PST
Entourage 3: Monday, September 19th at 10 AM PST
Besides the major wow-factor magnums bring to the table (literally), they are also sought after for their extended age-ability. Each vintage, we bottle a limited quantity of these big boys, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
2019 Authenticity | $200 per magnum | Jeb Dunnuck: 94 – 96
2019 Block B | $220 per magnum | Jeb Dunnuck: 95
2019 Ingenuity | $160 per magnum | Jeb Dunnuck: 95 – 97
2019 Tempranillo | $180 per magnum | Not yet reviewed
P.S. Magnums make pretty amazing gifts…just sayin’…
Complimentary shipping is a big perk from us to you! Each Entourage level has its own unique shipping benefits to fit your order, and we’ve summarized those below. Need a refresher on all your perks? Click here.
Elite – Complimentary shipping on all wine purchases, including magnums.
Entourage 12 – Complimentary shipping on all wine purchases. Magnum shipping included if the order contains twelve bottles.
Entourage 6 – Complimentary shipping on all six-bottle wine purchases (750mL only).
Entourage 3 – Complimentary shipping on all six-bottle wine purchases (750mL only).
Weather-permitting, orders will ship via UPS Ground on one of these two dates depending on where you live:
Monday, November 14th – All out of state order ship
Tuesday, November 15th – All California orders ship
Please email us if you’d like to delay, expedite, or change carriers. For expedited orders, we can upgrade to two-day or overnight and simply charge you for the additional shipping fees. Please let us know about any shipment changes by Friday, October 28th.
Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th
10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1P M, 2 PM, and 3 PM.
Whether you choose to ship or pick up these new wines, we hope you can join us for our Fall 2022 Release Tastings! After purchasing from this release, you will be able to reserve your tasting using the Tock link in your order confirmation. We hope you can join us for one of these small-format tastings paired with small bites.
As many of you know, we’re now by appointment daily! We are loving the extra time this change gives us to spend with you, and we continue to keep our tasting experience fun and fresh so that each visit is memorable. Starting mid-April, we are moving to flight-style tastings, our absolute favorite way to present Epoch wines! You can make appointments now by clicking here.