The 2018 Vintage

2018 was a low rainfall year – below average for Paso Robles and our three vineyards.  Almost all of the rain we did see fell during the month of March and beginning of April (80% of the year’s rainfall in fact), so the water was really usable during the beginning of the 2018 growing season.  This vintage had light fruit set and small crop in some varieties.  Overall, Epoch’s ton/acre average in 2018 was 2.5 tons/acre – a light crop but also a sweet-spot for overall flavor concentration.

 

Budbreak was pretty textbook timing-wise (middle to late March) but actually later than bud break in 2015 – 2017.  Couple that with a cooler growing season overall than in the previous years and we were able to start harvest of whites on September 4th and reds on September 7th (meaning we made it over the Labor Day hump – see note below).  Harvest spanned six weeks, which was pretty spread out for us.  We had time in the vineyard and time in the winery – a winemaker’s dream!

 

2018 allowed for more “hang time” of the grapes.  There were no major climactic events that forced us to pick, allowing us to leave fruit on the vine until we felt it reached optimum ripeness.  Increased hang time in a vintage usually equates to weather allowing the sugars to ripen alongside the tannins and acids to not fall out too quickly; this translates to a lot of balance in the resulting wines.  We always hope that we can let the early ripening red varieties hang past Labor Day.  If that happens, it is usually a calmer, more even-keeled harvest with lots of great hang time.

 

The wines from 2018 echo what is written above.  They have great freshness, long & chewy tannins, and they are very balanced (chemistry-wise).  These wines are beautifully structured and impress now with a healthy decant.  They are sure to be exceptional with some age and will have drinking windows in the 8-10+ year range.

Fall 2021 Release Wines

 

Listed below are the wines offered for this release.  Upon login on to your designated release day, you will be able to access your allocation and select the wines of your choice – unless you are Elite, in which case, we process the order for you.  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).

 

Speaking of perks, for Entourage only, the prices for Authenticity, Block B, and Tempranillo are $85, $95, and $75 respectively.  After the release, the prices on these smaller production wines will increase by $10 due to increased costs in the vineyard and winery.  We recommend buying these three wines during this release to secure current pricing.  As always, we are incredibly grateful for your continued Epoch patronage!

 

2018 Authenticity| $85 per bottle | Jeb Dunnuck: 97-99 (barrel sample)

2018 Block B | $95 per bottle | Jeb Dunnuck: 97-99 (barrel sample)

2018 Creativity* | $75 per bottle

2018 Ingenuity | $70 per bottle | Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96 (barrel sample)

2018 Tempranillo | $75 per bottle | Jeb Dunnuck: 94-96+ (barrel sample)

 

*Our 2018 Creativity, a one-of-a-kind blend of Graciano, Grenache, and Carignan made through co-fermentation of these three grapes.  It’s juicy, mouthwatering, and fun!

 

Our Fall 2021 Allocation opens to our Entourage Members on the following dates:

 

Entourage Elite: Orders processed Monday, September 6th

Entourage 12: Tuesday, September 14th at 10 AM PDT

Entourage 6: Thursday, September 16th at 10 AM PDT

Entourage 3: Tuesday, September 21st at 10 AM PDT

Our Fall 2021 Release closes at midnight on Thursday, September 23rd!

 

To read about our newly released wines, please click here.

Fall 2021 Release Magnums

All magnums from this vintage will be released during our holiday offering this November, so you can get your hands on those big boys soon!

 

If you are searching for red magnums at this time, feel free to reach out to us and we can go digging in the cellar to see what we might have available for you.  Ü

Shipping

 

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 750 mL wine purchases.  Magnum shipping included assuming the order contains at least twelve 750 mL bottles.

Entourage 6 – Complimentary shipping on all 750 mL bottles assuming the order contains at least six bottles

Entourage 3 – Complimentary shipping on all 750 mL bottles if the order contains at least six bottles

 

Weather-permitting, orders will ship via UPS Ground on one of these two dates depending on where you live:

 

Monday, November 15th – All states except California

Tuesday, November 16th – California

 

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 29th.

Fall Release Tastings & Pickups

 

This past year we had to get creative and try a new format for our Pickup Parties…they were a hit! Since everyone seems to enjoy them so much we plan to host Fall 2021 Release Tastings for small groups November 19th – 21st on our outdoor patios and inside our tasting room.  Stay tuned for more info, but if you know you are interested now, feel free to reach out to our events team with a preferred date and time.

If you are not interested in attending a Release Tasting, pickups of your allocation can begin as early as Friday, November 19th.  If you want to schedule a pick-up, please email Kelsey your preferred day!  We ask that you please give us a 48-hour heads up on when you plan to pick up, so we have your wine ready and packed to perfection.

Visit Us

 

We are open again for in-person tastings every day from 10-4 PM!  Click here to schedule your COVID-friendly tasting with us soon.  If a curbside pickup is more your speed, we can do that too!  Call us at 805.237.7575 for a pickup.