Syrah leads this luscious blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre to play nicely with its signature dash of Petite Sirah. Though the majority of its fruit comes from both Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, the Petite Sirah hails solely from one west-facing limestone area on our Paderewski Vineyard.
MY PROFILEParentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard District: Willow Creek District | Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposuresEthnicity: 71% Petite Sirah, 14% Mourvèdre, 12% Grenache, 3% SyrahSiblings: 855 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: October 3 – October 15, 2019 | Birth Weight: 27.1 BrixRearing: Fermented in new French oak puncheons, stainless steel, and concreteEducation: Aged 18 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (52% new)GPA: 4.02 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.2% Alc.Graduation: Bottled July 24, 2021| Debut: Released Fall 2022 | Prime Eligibility: 2024 – 2034
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIEntering dark and sultry at first sniff with aromas of dark earth, blackberry, black licorice, mocha, and vanilla, the 2019 Ingenuity becomes brighter and lighter as it hits the palate. Our beloved proprietary blend combines the robustness of Petite Sirah with the playfulness of Grenache and the grounding nature of Mourvèdre for a wine that has all the gears to keep you entertained and enthralled. The Petite offers black fruits, roasted herbs, rare red meat, gobs of structure; Grenache provides a boost of fresh red fruit and minerality; and Mourvèdre seals together/tames with its earthy roundness. A complex union of flavors encircles the palate – roasted coffee beans, graphite, vanilla, bramble berry fruit, loads of milk chocolate, cigar box aromas – and black licorice and coffee linger on the finish.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 96, Jeb Dunnuck 96
MY PROFILEParentage: 77% Paderewski and 23% Catapult Vineyards District: Willow Creek District | Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposuresEthnicity: 36% Petite Sirah, 30% Syrah, 22% Mourvèdre, 12% GrenacheSiblings: 828 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: September 18 – October 9, 2018 | Birth Weight: 26.5 BrixRearing: Fermented in stainless steel tanks and ½-ton puncheonsEducation: Aged 19 months in French oak mid-sized barrels and puncheons (52% new)GPA: 3.73 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.1% Alc.Graduation: Bottled July 14, 2020 | Debut: Released Fall 2021 | Prime Eligibility: 2022 – 2028
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIA show-stopping effort for Petite Sirah, the 2018 Ingenuity boasts pure wine entertainment and west Paso character. Seductively bold and intense at first, huge aromas boom from the glass in all the right ways – sweet black tar, licorice spice, juicy blackberries, vanilla toast, lavender, and California chaparral – and the palate corsets all the boldness into elegant, mouthwatering sensations. The texture is of its own creation with this iconoclastic Petite Sirah-led Rhône blend. This gorgeously flavored wine is easy on the eyes too!
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 94-96
MY PROFILEParentage: 100% Paderewski VineyardDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 56% Petite Sirah, 16% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 13% GrenacheSiblings: 667 Cases
MY STATSBirthdate: August 31st – Otober 12th, 2017Rearing: Fermented in concrete, oak and stainless steel tanks, and oak puncheons and binsEducation: Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (51% new)GPA: 3.82 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.5% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 12th, 2019 | Debut: Released Fall 2020
MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINIAnnouncing Petite Sirah as the leading grape for the first time ever in the 2017 Ingenuity! We’ve been working towards this monumental shift in this blend’s makeup for many years, and now, it’s here to stay. It is still the “Paso Roblean Rhone Blend” that we all know and love, but with a bit more identity, purpose and well, Petite-Sirah-ness. You’re gonna love it!
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 95, Vinous 95, Wine Advocate 92+
MY PROFILEParentage: 70% Paderewski and 30% Catapult VineyardsDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposuresEthnicity: 54% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah, 16% Mourvèdre, 10% GrenacheSiblings: 1,003 Cases Produced
MY STATSBirthdate: August 30 – September 26, 2016Rearing: Fermented in concrete, stainless steel and one-ton bins (overall 10% whole cluster)Education: Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (75% new)GPA: 3.79 pH | 6.2 g/L TA | 15.3% Alc.Graduation: Bottled July 24, 2018| Debut: Released Fall 2019 | Prime Eligibility: 2022 – 2028
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIThe myriad of juicy, herbal and reductive aromas at first sniff are indicative of the four varieties that make up the 2016 Ingenuity bottling – Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. The healthy dollop of Petite Sirah in this year’s blend, 20%, gives great palate delineation and more seriousness to the blend. Broad flavors of red & blue juicy fruits, eucalyptus, white pepper, fresh herb garden, rose petals, black tar, and dried meats travel across the front to mid palate. Then, sensations focus on the back of the mouth with bold tannins from Syrah and Petite Sirah, which lengthen the wine and make for long aging potential.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 96, Jeb Dunnuck 95+, Vinous 95
MY PROFILEParentage: 67% Paderewski and 33% Catapult VineyardsDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides of all exposuresEthnicity: 51% Syrah, 28% Mourvèdre, 14 % Petite Sirah, 7% GrenacheSiblings: 1,128 Cases Produced
MY STATSBirthdate: September 10 – 24, 2015Rearing: Fermented in concrete, stainless steel and oak tanksEducation: Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (60% new)GPA: 3.82 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.2% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 5, 2017 | Debut: Released Fall 2018 | Prime Eligibility: 2020 – 2026
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIThe 2015 Ingenuity presents all its characteristic black and blue fruits, spice and licorice, however, it does so in a more reserved fashion than most vintages. This California Rhône blend continues to reveal fresh aromatics after being open for 24-plus-hours, and the tannins move from picante to velvety as oxygen soften their structure. Enjoy the bramble berry, roasted herbs, smoke meats, graphite, wet rock and sweet tobacco notes that ride high on the palate, continuously evolving.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 97, Wine Enthusiast 96, Vinous 95, Wine Advocate 92, Wine Spectator 91
MY PROFILEParentage: 64% Catapult and 36% Paderewski VineyardsDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 7% Petite SirahSiblings: 1,609 Cases Produced
MY STATSBirthdate: August 22 – October 1, 2014Rearing: Fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks, ½- ton French oak puncheons and 1-ton binsEducation: Aged 18 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (36% new)GPA: 3.73 pH | 5.7 g/L TA | 15.7% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 14, 2016 | Debut: Released Fall 2017
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIExplosive on the first pour, I can’t get enough of the aromas – so much delicious fruit, sweet black licorice and warm summer brush. Counter-intuitively, but so indicative of Epoch’s multi-varietal Rhone Blends when young, this wine becomes more convoluted and serious the more you sniff and taste. So outwardly vivacious on the first few sips, you’d think her personality would tame in the glass, but touché, she grows serious and more complex, leaving you yearning for what’s to come. With a great acid backbone and focused fruit, more grounding attributes of earth, sweet tar, dried sage and briney olives present themselves once your senses grow accustomed to her outward fruity beauty.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 95, Wine Enthusiast 95 & Cellar Selection, Wine Advocate 94, Vinous 93
MY PROFILEParentage: 76% Paderewski and 24% Catapult VineyardsDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Shale and limestone-studded hillsidesEthnicity: 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache, 9% Petite SirahSiblings: 1,380 Cases ProducedIdeal Mate: Duck confit
MY STATSBirthdate: August 24 – October 4, 2013 | Birth weight: 26.7° BrixRearing: Fermented ~26% whole cluster in concrete and stainless steel tanks, ½-ton French oak puncheons and 1-ton binsEducation: Aged for 17 months in 49% new French oak barrels and puncheonsGPA: 3.76 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.8% Alc.Graduation: Bottled April 21, 2015 | Debut: Released Fall 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2017-2025
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIThe 2013 Ingenuity is a poster child for our beloved GSM + Petite Syrah blend. As usual, neither too feminine nor too masculine in nature, Ingenuity does not play by the wine rule book. So much juicy red Grenache fruit explodes on the front to mid palate, with Syrah giving palatial depth and velvety tannins. Petite Sirah accentuates the texture, and Mourvèdre binds the whole package together and grounds the wine in subtle earthy tones. Exuberantly Paso yet sublimely restrained. Total yum!
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 96, Wine Enthusiast 94 & Cellar Selection, Vinous 93, Wine Spectator 93
Birthplace: 80% Paderewski and 20% Catapult VineyardsDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: No more than 10” of topsoil on shale and limestone slopes
MY PROFILEEthnicity: 58% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, and 10% Petite SirahGender: Undecided | Eye Color: Steely blue | Body Shape: Depends on the seasonLanguages: Love | Hobbies: Riding my Harley and mahjong | Siblings: 1,330 Cases
MY STATSBirthdate: September 19 – October 22, 2012 | Birth Weight: 26.7° BrixRearing: Fermented ~ 32% whole cluster in concrete and stainless steel tanks, one-ton bins and ½ ton French oak puncheons. Many lots were co-fermentations.Education: Aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak barrels and puncheonsGPA: 3.73 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.6% Alc. | Major: Visual Arts and EconomicsGraduation: Bottled June 2014 | Debut: Released Spring 2015 | Liberation: Unforgettable from 2019 – 2025
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIThe 2012 Ingenuity will invade your being with West Paso, as its aromas and flavors hit all the senses; there is no denying its roots. While both feminine and masculine character, this wine tells the tale of Rhône grapes grown on our calcareous and fractured shale hillsides – intense, bright, intriguing, juicy, mouth-watering and spicy! With its explosive combination of black, blue and raspberry fruits, sweet licorice, blood orange, grilled herbs, tartare and violets, Ingenuity does our beloved terroir justice with a roller coaster of flavors.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 94, International Wine Report 94, Vinous 92
Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles55% Syrah | 17% Grenache | 15% Mourvèdre | 13% Petite SirahFermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, French oak puncheons, and one-ton binsAged 17 months in 45% new French oak974 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered
The nose on this wine weaves in and out of fruit and spice, sending your taste buds and thoughts in a myriad of different directions. Predominantly Syrah with almost equal parts Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah, this spicy rendition of the Paderewski Vineyard represents the exciting aspects of what a cooler year like 2011 can yield in Paso Robles – great acidity, spice and savory fruit. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker
Scores: Wine Advocate 95, International Wine Cellar 93+, Vinous 93, Wine Enthusiast 93 & Cellar Selection, Wine Spectator 92
Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles62% Syrah | 14% Mourvèdre | 12% Grenache | 12% Petite SirahFermented in stainless steel tanks, French oak puncheons and one-ton binsAged for 20 months in 61% new French oak827 cases produced
Perfectly Epoch in smell, flavor and feel, our Ingenuity continues to dance on our tongues as a Syrah-based GSM blend from Paderewski with a dash of Petite Sirah for its unique texture. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker
Scores: International Wine Report 94, Jeb Dunnuck 94, Rhone Report 94, Vinous 93, Wine Advocate 93, Wine Spectator 90
Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles65% Syrah | 12% Petite Sirah | 12% Mourvèdre | 7% Grenache | 4% ZinfandelAged for 23 months in 42% new French oak barrels and puncheons752 cases produced
Although predominantly Syrah in percentage, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre and Grenache do not take a back-seat in the 2009 Ingenuity. One sniff takes you directly to a delicious Rhône experience – sun-drenched bay leaves, warm lavender, raspberry coulis – all framed by vanilla bean and brown spices. Its palate is astoundingly bright with fruit and acidity, ripe red cherry and blackberry flavors crescendo mid-palate. Tannins are velvety and the finish lingers with subtle hints of licorice, tobacco and brown tea leaves. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker
Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 95, Rhone Report 95, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 94, Wine Spectator 92
Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles61% Syrah | 17% Grenache | 14% Petite Sirah | 8% MourvèdreAged 22 months in 32% new French oak barrels415 cases produced
Already a classic, this “California blend” combines Rhône varieties with Petit Sirah. Ingenuity is our unique blend of the various Rhône varieties planted on our estate along with Petite Sirah. The Grenache offers bright forward fruit and exuberance, while the Syrah and Petite Sirah contribute more serious structural elements. Drink now or with 5-10 years cellar age.
Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 95, Rhone Report 95, Wine Spectator 95, Vinous 93, Wine Advocate 93
Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles46% Grenache | 43% Syrah | 9% Petite Sirah | 1% Mourvèdre | 1% ZinfandelAged 14 months in barrel with 75% new French oak327 cases produced
Gorgeous fruit, acidity and tannins … balance and harmony. One of our three Rhône blends, the 2007 Ingenuity harmoniously joins together five different grape varieties and weaves them into an intricate, compelling wine. Aromas and flavors are various, candied red cherries, blackberries, orange pith, coffee, vanilla and Christmas spice. The palate shows bright acidity along with a defined structure, coating all parts of the mouth. Drink now or with 5-10 years cellar age.
Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 94, Rhone Report 94, Wine Spectator 94, Wine Advocate 93, Vinous 92
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