Embracing the creative nuances that our vineyards give us from vintage to vintage, this wine truly embraces its label and lives outside the box. As a true winemaker’s choice, there is no plan for what Creativity will become from year to year.
MY PROFILEParentage: 100% York Mountain VineyardsAVA: York Mountain | TempletonStomping Grounds: One west-facing sandstone hillside on top of York MountainEthnicity: 100% Cabernet SauvignonSiblings: 75 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: October 24, 2019| Birth Weight: 26.7 BrixRearing: Fermented in 100% new French oak puncheonsEducation: Aged 18 months in French oak barrel and puncheon (70% new)GPA: 4.01 pH | 5.1 g/L TA | 15.3% Alc.Graduation: Bottled July 24, 2021 | Debut: Released Fall 2022 | Prime Eligibility: 2024 – 2034
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIThe king of varieties is making its first appearance at Epoch via our 2019 Creativity and is doing so with a splash as 100% Cab entirely from our York Mountain Vineyard. With its bouquet of black cherries and cassis, cedar, vanilla, tobacco, fresh cracked peppercorn, and red rose, it is undeniably a Cab. The mouth-filling elegance of this wine perfectly touches your entire palate’s surface area and will leave you wanting more for now and more for later to age in your cellar. Making a transcendental impression, this wine lingers on the senses long after you’re done drinking it.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 97, Jeb Dunnuck 95
MY PROFILEParentage: 100% Paderewski VineyardDistrict: Willow Creek District | Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Rocky, calcareous, west-facing hillsidesEthnicity: 66% Graciano, 18% Grenache, 16% CarignanSiblings: 156 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: October 1, 2018 | Birth Weight: 26.7 BrixRearing: Fermented in concreteEducation: Aged 19 months in French oak puncheons (67% new)GPA: 3.51 pH | 6.0 g/L TA | 15.1% Alc.Graduation: Bottled July 16, 2020 | Debut: Released Fall 2021 | Prime Eligibility: 2023 – 2026
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIThe 2018 Creativity was born from a fun, experimental co-fermentation of Graciano, Carignan, and Grenache from Paderewski Vineyard. We watched this intensely garnet-hued wine progress from fermentation thru barrel aging and decided to capture its distinctive character in this singular bottling. Juicy is the best descriptor for this mouthwatering blend that is lush with jammy blackberry, ripe raspberry, sweet naval orange, and pluot mixed with chewy black licorice, rosemary bush, vitamins, and white pepper. Tannins take a back seat to the intense, thick fruits, minerals, and bright acidity.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScore: Jeb Dunnuck 92+, Erin Brooks 93
MY PROFILEParentage: 100% York Mountain VineyardDistrict: York Mountain | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 95% Viognier, 5% RoussanneSiblings: 73 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: September 13, 2018Rearing: Fermented cool in French oak barrelsEducation: Aged nine months sur lie French oak barrels (69% new)GPA: 3.32 pH | 6.3 g/L TA | 14.6% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 13, 2019 | Debut: Released Spring 2020
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIOur first ever Viognier from our York Mountain Vineyard (and our first bottled wine from York Mountain to boot!) is a game changer. We did not know what to expect out of our newest (although historic) vineyard site, with its sandstone soils and more characteristic coastal influence. This wine exhibits a range of character traits we have yet to see in Central Coast Viognier. Aromas and flavors abound in both richness and freshness with ripe juicy pear, green apple, grilled pineapple, lime oil, orange blossom, and vanilla cream alongside a mouth-watering acidity that weaves its way through all aspects of sensation.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScore: Vinous 94
MY PROFILEParentage:100% Catapult VineyardDistrict:Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 100% SyrahSiblings: 443 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: August 30 – September 25, 2017Rearing: Fermented in stainless steel and oak tankEducation: Aged 13 months in French oak regular and mid-sized barrels (37% new) and then five months in concrete tankGPA: 3.69 pH | 6.1 g/L TA | 15.8% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 13, 2019 | Debut: Released Fall 2020
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIIn 2017, the Syrah from our Catapult Vineyard stood out as different in fruit and tannin and demanded to be left as its own bottling – and so it became our 2017 Creativity. Taste this expression of Syrah next to our 2017 Paderewski Vineyard Block B, and you’ll really get a sense of the different terroirs of our two estate vineyards. The 2017 Creativity rides high on the palate with fresh blue and red fruits. So fresh in fact that the acid drives sensation to the top palate almost as soon as the wine hits your tastebuds. The big fruit gives way to freshly cured meats, roasted herbs, and rocky minerals. Give this wine some air and watch it develop in your glass or cellar.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 96, Wine Advocate 95+
MY PROFILEParentage:100% Paderewski VineyardDistrict:Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 100% Petite SirahSiblings: 85 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: September 9, 2015Rearing: Fermented in new 1/2-ton French oak puncheonsEducation: Aged 19 months in French oak puncheonsGPA: 3.95 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.3% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 2, 2017 | Debut: Released Fall 2018
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINITiny in production but big on memories, this single barrel fermentation of 100% Petite Sirah was begging to be left on its own to highlight the potential of this mighty grape. This wine won our hearts as the 2015 Creativity because of its unique, luxurious and harmonious mouthfeel, specific to the Petite Sirah grape but outstanding in every way. The velvety texture and lush mid-palate sing violets, semi-dark chocolate, vanilla bean, blackberries, tar, licorice and wet earth. Wish there was more to share of this beauty!
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 95, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 94
MY PROFILEParentage:100% Paderewski VineyardDistrict:Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 100% MourvèdreSiblings: 157 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: September 19, 2014Rearing: Fermented in concrete tankEducation: Aged ~ 18 months: 70% new French oak and 30% neutral oakGPA: 3.60 pH | 6.0 g/L TA | 15.9% Alc.Graduation: Bottled May 17, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2017
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIIn some special vintages, Mourvèdre has it all and stands alone as an über full, über soft and über unforgettable wine. 2014, like 2013, was an exceptional vintage for Mourvèdre, and thus we had to leave it by itself yet again and bottle it as the vintage Creativity. The richness of the 2014 vintage is not overplayed in this 100% Mourvèdre. Lush and rich earthy bass notes are meaty, rooty and foresty at first take, however, lavender perfume, bing cherry and red plum fruit subtly make their way into the glass with air.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 97, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 94
MY PROFILEParentage:100% Paderewski VineyardDistrict:Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity:100% Mourvèdre, clone 369Siblings: 194 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: August 24, 2013Rearing: Fermented ~35% whole cluster in concrete tankEducation: Aged for 15 months in 33% new French oak barrels and puncheonsGPA: 3.92 pH | 5.3 g/L TA | 15.8% Alc.Graduation: Bottled February 10, 2015 | Debut: Released Spring 2016
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIThe 2013 Creativity defines purity. Her DNA is simple – 100% Mourvèdre from one single harvest pick – but she carries the complexity of a multi-variety blend. A complete wine, balanced and focused, she effortlessly resides at the intersection of the senses, where savory and earthy flavors collide with sweet red fruits and white pepper. From first sip, she leads you on the emotional journey of the indefinable art in wine. Starting with fermentation in concrete through élevage in barrel to bottling, this wine has never swayed from her core personality and will show you how Mourvèdre can hold her own next to Bordeauxs, GSMs and Pinots alike.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 96, Wine Spectator 92, Vinous 93
MY PROFILEParentage: Catapult VineyardDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 90% Syrah | 10% RoussanneSiblings: 93 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered
MY STATSRearing: Fermented in one-ton bins. Cofermented with whole cluster Roussanne.Education:Aged for 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINISyrah with Roussanne? I mean, come on! You gotta have at least two bottles for your cellar. These two northern Rhône varieties marry seamlessly in this age-worthy Syrah from our Catapult Vineyard. Roussanne softens the texture of the Syrah and makes the wine sit a little lighter on the palate, but you’d never know that it’s there if we didn’t tell you (meaning this wine is a powerful red wine). Warning – this wine sparks great creativity!
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 95+, Vinous 90+
MY PROFILEParentage: Catapult VineyardDistrict:Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 100% GrenacheSiblings: 47 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered
MY STATSRearing: Fermented in 100% ConcreteEducation: Aged 18 months in one New French oak puncheonSiblings: 47 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIIn a given vintage, there is always a single lot of wine — from harvest to fermentation — whose unique character screams at us to leave it alone rather than including it in a larger blend. Creativity is just that, and what we call “winemaker’s choice.” There is no plan for what Creativity will end up being from year to year, but it promises to always keep us on our toes. Creativity represents winemaking experimentation, the chances we’ve taken in the vineyard and winery, and sometimes just pure delicious luck! It is only fitting that we commence our first vintage of Creativity with the wine that brought this label to fruition, a single pick of Grenache from our Catapult Vineyard during the 2011 vintage. Super limited in production, this wine will never ever be recreated!
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 93, Vinous 92
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