After showcasing Mourvèdre two years in a row as our 2013 and 2014 Creativity, we realized we were madly in love this wine and needed to make it a permanent member of our Epoch family. 2015 was our first bottling of Mourvèdre by its own name, and we hope to release it every year if Mother Nature gives us the fruit to do so. As one would suspect, this wine will always be Mourvèdre dominant (though it may be assisted by small amounts of other varieties depending on the vintage) and will consistently reflect the pure essence and unique quality that makes Mourvèdre such a distinct and exciting grape.
MY PROFILEParentage: 62% Catapult and 38% Paderewski VineyardsDistrict: Willow Creek District | Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Rocky, calcareous, and shale west-facing hillsidesEthnicity: 79% Mourvèdre, 21% SyrahSiblings: 319 cases
MY STATSBirthdate: September 20 – October 22, 2019 | Birth Weight: 26.7 BrixRearing: Fermented in concrete, stainless steel, and large barrels (10% stem inclusion)Education: Aged 17 months in French oak mid to large (300 – 500 L) barrels (80% new)GPA: 3.89 pH | 5.1 g/L TA | 15.1% Alc.Graduation: Bottled May 4, 2021 | Debut: Released Fall 2022 | Prime Eligibility: 2023 – 2030
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIBring on the old-world wine charm with Epoch’s 2019 Mourvèdre, a wine we don’t make every year, only when the Mourvèdre has something to say. This beauty boasts a potpourri of dried roses, dried herbs (rosemary and thyme), autumn forest, tea leaves, roasted mushrooms, milk chocolate, cured meats, sea air, red plum, and red cherry. With some time in your glass, more red fruit reveals itself as well does vanilla and black pepper, and the at-first-tight tannins soften and broaden. This wine is sure to impress you even more with 5-7 years cellar age.
Scores: Wine Advocate 98
MY PROFILEParentage: 57% Catapult Vineyard, 43% Paderewski VineyardDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesEthnicity: 88% Mourvèdre, 12% GrenacheSiblings: 305 Cases
MY STATSBirthdate: October 5th and 12th, 2017Rearing: Fermented in concrete and new French oak puncheonsEducation: Aged 18 months in French oak puncheons and barrels (91% new)GPA: 3.83 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.9% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 12th, 2019 | Debut: Released Fall 2020
MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINIThis lovely lady is hanging with the big boys on this release, and boy, does she hold her own. Lightening the flavors up with her mid-palate style, she delivers leather, plum, rhubarb, blood orange, fresh herbs, white pepper, saline, and that earthiness that screams Mourvèdre. We don’t make this wine every year, only in vintages when this southern Rhône grape can stand alone.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 97, Vinous 95, Wine Advocate 93
MY PROFILEParentage: 100% Catapult VineyardDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: One rocky shale west-facing slopeEthnicity: 100% MourvèdreSiblings: 230 Cases Produced
MY STATSBirthdate: September 26, 2016Rearing: Fermented in concrete tankEducation: Aged 18 months in French oak mid-sized barrels and puncheons (31% new)GPA: 3.82 pH | 6.0 g/L TA | 15.6% Alc.Graduation: Bottled May 24, 2018| Debut: Released Fall 2019 | Prime Eligibility: 2021 – 2028
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIA wine unto itself, the 2016 Mourvèdre cannot be held to any definition of variety. Thought-provoking and full of energy, this single bottling brings to the forefront fruit, spice and minerality. Ripe pluot (plum + apricot), rhubarb, blueberries, sassafras and roses combine with a mouthwatering salinity, wet earth & stone, white pepper and fresh oak forest. This wine is so interesting now; it will be exciting to see how it evolves with age.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Jeb Dunnuck 97+, Vinous 95, Wine Advocate 93
MY PROFILEParentage: 100% Catapult VineyardDistrict: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso RoblesStomping Grounds: Well-drained shale hillsides with southwestern exposuresEthnicity: 75% Mourvèdre | 25% GrenacheSiblings: 80 Cases Produced
MY STATSBirthdate: September 23, 2015 | Birth Weight: 26.6° BrixRearing: Co-fermented 100% whole cluster in one 1-ton binEducation: Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheonsGPA: 3.93 pH | 5.4 g/L TA | 15.2% Alc.Graduation: Bottled June 3, 2017 | Debut: Released Fall 2018 | Prime Eligibility: 2020-2026
MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINIOur inaugural Mourvèdre is about as nerdy and hip as a wine can be. Produced from fermenting 100% whole clusters of 75%Mourvèdre and 25% Grenache together, this wine speaks purity, sense of place and the many different gears Mourvèdre can deliver. Juicy and spicy, this fun wine oscillates between white pepper, crushed raspberries, autumn leaves, wet rocks and rose petals.
MORE FUN ABOUT MEScores: Wine Advocate 95+, Jeb Dunnuck 94, Vinous 94
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