Bottle of 2018 Epoch Estate Blend

ESTATE BLEND

Our Estate Blend provides a snapshot of Epoch vineyards and our specific winemaking practices within every vintage. Though Syrah consistently takes the lead, the exact blend of varieties varies from vintage to vintage. Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Tempranillo regularly play key roles in this wine with occasional cameos from Zinfandel and other varieties. It is totally Epoch!


Vintage Details:

2018

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 55% Catapult, 37% Paderewski, and 8% York Mountain Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Rocky limestone, shale, and sandstone hillsides of all exposures
Ethnicity: 47% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 18% Grenache, 12% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano
Siblings: 1,663 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate:  September 13 – October 16, 2018 | Birth Weight: 26.2° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in 1/2-ton puncheons and concrete, stainless steel, and oak tanks
Education: Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (50% new)
GPA: 3.71 pH | 5.9 g/L TA | 15.2% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled July 15, 2020 | Debut: Released Spring 2021 | Prime Eligibility: 2023 – 2030

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
The 2018 Estate Blend is a graceful, awe-inspiring expression of our red varieties at Epoch grown across all three of our vineyard sites – Paderewski, Catapult, and York – in the even-keeled, dreamy 2018 vintage.  Brimming with concentrated dark plum and black cherry, savory roasted herbs and meats, earthy forest floor, lavender, chocolate, and vanilla, this wine is generous and harmonious in youth, but it is sure to age beautifully thanks to its balance of flavor and texture on the palate entry to finish

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2017

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 66% Paderewski and 34% Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposures
Ethnicity: 36% Syrah, 21% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 14% Tempranillo, 8% Zinfandel, 4% Carignan
Siblings: 1,673 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 30 – October 11, 2017 | Birth Weight: 26.7° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in concrete and stainless-steel tanks, 1-ton bins, and ½-ton puncheons
Education: Aged 18 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (40% new)
GPA: 3.71 pH | 5.7 g/L TA | 15.5% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 8, 2019 | Debut: Released Spring 2020 | Prime Eligibility: 2022 – 2030

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
This wine is so integrated, even from an early age, that you will never guess it is a blend of five different varieties off of our Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards. The entry is full and lush leading to an über long and velvety midpalate which encircles the mouth. While we revel in its plushness, it never feels too heavy or thick as the cohesive acid weaves its way through the sensations of black licorice, black cherry and raspberry, grilled meats and herbs, candied lavender, rose oil, warm underbrush, and vanilla bean.

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2016

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 64% Paderewski and 36% Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposures
Ethnicity: 58% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 17% Grenache, 6% Tempranillo  | Siblings: 1,204 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 31 – September 27, 2016 | Birth Weight: 26.8° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in concrete, oak, stainless steel and one-ton bins
Education: Aged 17 months: French oak barrels and puncheons (36% new)
GPA: 3.83 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.6% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled May 23, 2018 | Debut: Released Spring 2019 | Prime Eligibility: 2022 – 2028

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Seriously sophisticated and rich in all the right places, the 2016 Estate Blend is one to enjoy in its youth but also to lay down for quite some time.  Aromas of black fruits, roasted meats, dried tobacco and sage give way to a chewy, long mouthfeel, layered with black cherry, black licorice, graphite, vanilla and a dark chocolate texture.  The brilliant acidity sends the wine singing high throughout its full and structured palate.  Its fresh and refined youthfulness heralds the gifts this wine will deliver with several years in bottle.

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ScoresWine Enthusiast 96 & Cellar Selection, Vinous 96, Jeb Dunnuck 95, Wine Advocate 94
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2015

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 61% Paderewski and 39% Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposures
Ethnicity: 53% Syrah, 26% Mourvèdre, 13% Grenache, 5% Tempranillo, 3% Zinfandel
Siblings: 1,345 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 28 – September 30 2015 | Birth Weight: 26.8° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in concrete, stainless steel and oak tanks and 1/2-ton French oak puncheons
Education: Aged 19 months: French oak barrels and puncheons (48% new)
GPA: 3.84 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.1% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 6, 2017 | Debut: Released Spring 2018 | Prime Eligibility: 2019 – 2029

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
The savory, the floral and the fruity all unite in our five-varietal Estate Blend that speaks to all of Epoch’s wine practices.  This focused and seamless expression of our terroir shoots across the palate with notes of raw and smoked meats, black olives, roasted herbs, cherry, cassis, anise, lavender and vanilla dust.

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ScoresWine Enthusiast 96, Jeb Dunnuck 95, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 93
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2014

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 56% Catapult and 44% Paderewski Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposures
Ethnicity: 36% Syrah, 36% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache, 6% Tempranillo | Siblings: 1,924 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 21 – October 2, 2014 | Birth Weight: 27.2° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in concrete, stainless steel and oak tanks and 1-ton bins
Education: Aged ~ 18 months: 31% new French oak and 69% neutral oak
GPA: 3.68 pH | 6.0 g/L TA | 15.6% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 13, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2018 – 2027

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Mouth-coating Syrah, earth-grounding Mourvèdre, fruit-driven Grenache and textural Tempranillo…this is your daily Epoch. 2014 Estate Blend shows full range of flavor – red plum, berry and surprising watermelon fruit flavors play the soprano notes while earthy, grounding elements of black olive, earth, sweet leather, brown spice and meat harmonize as baritones.

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Scores:
 Jeb Dunnuck 93, Wine Advocate 92+, Vinous 92, Wine Enthusiast 92
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2013

Birthplace: Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: No more than 10” of topsoil on shale and limestone slopes

MY PROFILE
Ethnicity: 32% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Tempranillo, 8% Zinfandel
Gender: Male | Eye Color: Charismatic gray eyes | Hair: Black | Body Shape: Who cares?
Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Swahili | Hobbies: Volunteer for Doctors without Borders | Siblings: 1,753 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 26 – October 4, 2013 | Birth Weight: 26.9° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~17% whole cluster in concrete and stainless steel tanks, one-ton bins and 1/2 ton French oak puncheons. Many lots were cofermentations.
Education: Aged for 15 months in 33% new French oak barrels and puncheons
GPA: 3.69 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.7% Alc. | Major: International Studies | Minor: Public Speaking
Graduation: Bottled March 2015 | Debut: Released Fall 2015 | Liberation: Representing from 2017 – 2025

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Epoch’s 2013 Estate Blend has a lot to tell. He is the most politically correct child in the bunch, including almost every red variety grown on Epoch ground (with even a healthy dose of Zinfandel!). In addition, the individual barrel lots that make up his DNA are combinations of almost every vessel type we use at Epoch – concrete, oak puncheon, one-ton t-bins and stainless steel tanks. There’s a lot going on, and the wine reflects this with its mixture of red fruits, tobacco, leather, earth, vanilla, lavender, bright acidity and mouthwatering texture weaving in an out of each other. In his youth, you see all his different sides, but with time they will meld into one unique whole.

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ScoresInternational Wine Report 94, Wine Enthusiast 94, Vinous 94 Wine Advocate 92, Wine Spectator 92
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2012

WINE FACTS
Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, Paso Robles
45% Syrah | 24% Mourvèdre | 20% Grenache | 11% Tempranillo
Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, one-ton bins, and 1/2 ton puncheons.
Aged for 18 months in 44% new French oak barrels and puncheons
1,349 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

WINEMAKER INSIGHTS
Smell and sip our 2012 Estate Blend and channel your fondest cowboy or cowgirl memories – worn leather saddle, tobacco, dried fall leaves, plum, sweet soil – and this wine takes you there. Now, give your cowboy a scholarly side, and we’re approaching the complexity in this bottle. The wine enters with great juiciness (thank you, Grenache) and becomes very intricate by mid palate. Syrah and Tempranillo contribute ripe tannins on the finish to fill out the wine’s body. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresWine Advocate 94, International Wine Report 93, Wine Enthusiast 93, Wine Spectator 92
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2011

Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, Paso Robles
38% Syrah | 24% Grenache | 21% Mourvèdre | 10% Tempranillo | 7% Counoise
Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tan, puncheons and one-ton bins
Aged 17 months in 47% new French oak
1,230 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

Let’s all say a big warm ‘welcome’ to Epoch’s coming of age Catapult Vineyard, contributing  46% to our Estate Blend and playing very well with our Paderewski grapes (54% of the blend). More than serious enough to lay down for a decade but delicious enough to enjoy any night of the week. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresInternational Wine Report 92, Wine Advocate 91
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2010

– Wine Spectator’s 25th Top Wine in the World for 2013
Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles

56% Syrah | 26% Grenache | 11% Mourvèdre | 7% Tempranillo
Aged for 18 months in 52% new French oak barrels and puncheons
1,719 cases produced

Tasting the 2010 Estate Blend conjures up memories of harvest 2010 at our Paderewski Vineyard. Being a combination of our estate-grown Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo from undulating exposures and alternating shale versus limestone soils, we see the personality of our site shine through over individual grape varieties. Indicative of the vintage, the fruit and tannin are beautifully ripe, yielding a plush, textured and lengthy wine weaving in and out of savory and sweet flavors: red plum, leather, savory meat, roasted herbs, chocolate and brown spice. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresWine Spectator 93 & #25, International Wine Report 93, Jeb Dunnuck 92, Rhone Report 92, Vinous 92, Wine Advocate 92

2009

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
60% Syrah | 19% Grenache | 9% Tempranillo | 8% Zinfandel | 4% Mourvèdre
Aged for 23 months in 23% new French oak
1,368 cases produced

Our 2009 Estate Blend is a patchwork of different vineyard blocks and soil types on our Paderewski Vineyard. Predominantly Syrah combined with almost all the other red varieties we have on the estate, this wine gives a sweeping glimpse of the vineyard as a whole alongside all of our innovative and site-specific winemaking practices. Almost Bordelaise in character, this wine expresses savory and refined fruit character: dried leather, red cherry, tobacco, smoked game and brown spice. The five different varieties form a cohesive, expressive wine with great texture, length and longevity in bottle. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresJeb Dunnuck 92, Rhone Report 92, Vinous 91

2008

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
33% Syrah | 27% Tempranillo | 18% Grenache | 14% Petite Sirah | 8% Mourvèdre
Fermented in neutral puncheons and stainless steel drums
183 cases produced

A true field blend, this wine is approachable on every level. This wine is a true field blend of the various varieties planted on our Paderewski Vineyard. Approachable and soft with flavors of black raspberry, eucalyptus, sweet hay, black olive and a hint of brown spice, the 2008 Epoch Red exhibits a mouth-coating silky texture. There are no hard edges to this wine, just pure, delicious fruit. Drink now or with up to 5 years of cellar age.

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