Bottle of 2017 Epoch Reserva Tempranillo

TEMPRANILLO

A Spanish variety, this wine is typically 100% Tempranillo though every now and then a small percentage of Grenache or Syrah may find a home in this wine.


Vintage Details:

2018

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 94-96+

2017 (RESERVA)

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Rocky, calcareous, and shale west-facing hillsides
Ethnicity:87% Tempranillo | 13% Graciano
Siblings: 238 cases produced 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 13, 2017 | Birth Weight: 24.9° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in stainless steel tank
Education: Aged 30 months in French oak barrels (39% new)
GPA: 3.76 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 14.4% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled May 27, 2020 | Debut: Holiday Offering 2021 | Prime Eligibility: 2022-2032 +

MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINI
This deep-garnet-hued special bottling of our Paderewski Tempranillo was co-fermented with 13% Graciano to naturally boost acidity like many wines of the Rioja region in Spain. Aromas evolve with time in the glass – cherry, red plum, cinnamon spice, vanilla, anise, roasted resinous herbs, and grilled meats. This wine enters juicy with full red fruit and herbs on the palate, leading to barrel spice, sweet tobacco, and graphite. Chalky, structural tannins set in mid-palate and send the wine’s sensation circling around back-to-front. This wine has a long life ahead of it, so patience will prove very virtuous in 5 – 10+ years.

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 95

2017

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 100% Tempranillo
Siblings: 497 cases

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 29th – September 12th, 2017
Rearing: Fermented in oak puncheons and concrete tanks
Education: Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (67% new)
GPA: 3.96 pH | 5.3 g/L TA | 15.4% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 13, 2019 | Debut: Released Fall 2020

MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINI
Red plum, holiday spices, tobacco, sweet leather, black tea, bing cherry  –  pure and serious Tempranillo through and through, however, 2017 offers a bit more plushness and approachability than previous vintages.  Enjoy some sooner and age some for longer!

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 94+, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 94

2016 (RESERVA)

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One west-facing, rocky limestone hillside
Ethnicity: 100% Tempranillo
Siblings: 90 cases produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 7, 2016 | Birth Weight: 26.4° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in one stainless steel tank
Education: Aged 33 months in French oak barrels (26% new)
GPA: 3.78 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.1% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 13, 2019 | Debut: Released Winter 2020 | Prime Eligibility: 2025-2035

MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINI
This reserva-style Tempranillo will make you want to hunker down and experience how its flavors evolve over the course of a meal or in an open bottle over several days. Ripe blue and black fruits, sweet oak, anise, and tar combine with savory/earthy flavorsof roasted herbs, cured meats, graphite, and crushed gravel. Texture abounds while the wine’s acidity and structure keep the sensation fresh and multi-faceted as it travels across the palate – front to back and then to the front again. This wine screams for a fine cut of juicy marbled red meat.

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 97

2016

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 86% Paderewski and 14% Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Rocky calcareous an shale west-facing hillsides
Ethnicity: 100% Tempranillo
Siblings: 363 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 6 – 9, 2016 | Birth Weight: 26.8° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in 35% new French oak puncheons, stainless and oak tanks
Education: Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (80% new)
GPA: 3.80 pH | 5.7 g/L TA | 15.3% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled July 24, 2018 | Debut: Released Fall 2019 | Prime Eligibility: 2024 – 2032

MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINI
The 2016 Tempranillo is our unabashed Spanish cowboy, so different in flavor and structure from our other wines. It’s built to stand the test of time and needs a healthy decant or aging in your cellar to realize its true potential. Red plum, red cherry and sweet earth round the front upper and lower palate. A bright acidity and varietally-correct structure direct the wine to the back palate. From there, it’s a wild ride of texture shooting off in all directions. Dried tobacco leaf, fig, brown baking spice, vanilla and a hint of cedar linger on the finish.

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Scores: Vinous 94, Jeb Dunnuck 93+, Wine Advocate 93
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2015

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 64% Paderewski and 36% Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Limestone and shale-studded hillsides with southwestern exposures
Ethnicity: 99% Tempranillo, 1% Grenache
Siblings: 390 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 27 – September 12, 2015 | Birth Weight: 26.8° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in concrete, oak tank, and 1/2-ton new French oak puncheons
Education: Aged 19 months: French oak barrels (60% new)
GPA: 3.94 pH | 5.4 g/L TA | 15.4% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 3, 2017 | Debut: Released Fall 2018 | Prime Eligibility: 2022 – 2030

MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINI
This wine will need decanting until at least 2020 if not longer! Even better, cellar this fresh and structured serious bottling. The tannins need time to broaden, and the aromas and flavors need exposure to air to open and reveal dried bing cherry, red plum, pipe tobacco, dried tea leaves, pencil lead and a savory gaminess. A vanilla, toasty barrel spice is subtle but frames and adds layers to the palate. Fans of Tempranillo, a gift is in store for you.

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 98, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 94
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2014

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 72% Paderewski and 28% Catapult Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre
Siblings: 481 Cases Produced | Ideal Mate: Smoked meat

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 4-17, 2014
Rearing: Fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks
Education: Aged 20 months in new French oak barrels and puncheons (58% new)
GPA: 3.71 pH | 5.7 g/L TA | 15.5% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled August 17, 2016 | Debut: Released Fall 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2020 – 2028+

MY BIO BY JORDAN FIORENTINI
Whether you are Tempranillo fan or not, this Spaniard will have you by the heartstrings.  Epoch’s 2014 Tempranillo is so well rounded, so delicious while still staying true to the flavors and textures of the Tempranillo grape.  A consistent round of tannins stuff the mouth and keep the wine turning from front to back, filling your palate with dried cherries, red plum, Christmas and barrel spices, smoked and cured meats and sweet tobacco.  Minerality and bright acidity keep the wine from ever seeming too overpowering.  Big tannin in balance seems like an oxymoron but not in this bottle!

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 98, Vinous 93,Wine Advocate 93
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2013

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek  | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Limestone studded soils on a south-western exposure
Ethnicity: 87% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache, 3% Zinfandel (all non-Tempranillo varieties are from co-fermentation additions)
Siblings: 511 Cases Produced
Ideal Mate: Your good friend’s award winning tri-tip 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 2 – 23, 2013 | Birth weight: 26.5° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in stainless steel, concrete and oak tanks – all destemmed
Education: Aged for 17 months in 41% new French and Hungarian oak barrels and puncheons
GPA: 3.95 pH | 4.9 g/L TA | 15.4% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled April 24, 2015  | Debut: Released Fall 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2018-2028+

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
The lone wolf, Epoch’s Tempranillo is so distinctly different from all our other wines in aroma, flavor and most obviously tannin structure. Big and juicy red plum and pomegranate fruits lead the entry as cinnamon and oak spice tumble around the palate, intensified by a cascade of chewy, multi-faceted tannins that fold from front to back. This wine resides at the intersection of rustic and refined and once again has earned his spurs to be deemed our Spanish cowboy.

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Scores: Wine Advocate 95, Vinous 92
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2013 (RESERVA)

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Catapult Vineyard
District: Willow Creek  | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Rocky, fractured shale soils on a west-facing slope
Ethnicity: 78% Tempranillo, 22% Grenache
Siblings: 217 Cases Produced
Ideal Mate: Family and friends around a roaring fire 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 9, 2013 | Birth weight: 27.5° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in stainless steel tanks
Education: Aged for 35 months in French oak barrels
GPA: 3.72 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.7% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled August 17, 2016  | Debut: Released Fall 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2019-2029

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Bring out the Christmas wreaths, mulling spices, and cinnamon brooms, this wine smells like the holiday season!  This is Epoch’s 3rd rendition of a Reserva – only having been produced in the 2009, 2012, and now 2013 vintages.  In addition, this Tempranillo is the first of its kind to be exclusively from our Catapult Vineyard.  The extra year plus in barrel permits more evolution of Tempranillo’s bold structure, yielding rich notes of barrel spice, integrated red fruits and chewy tannins.  Once open, this wine should stay happy in the bottle for several days if kept at a cool temperature.

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Scores: Wine Advocate 95

2012

MY PROFILE
Birthplace: Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One southwest sloping limey hillside
Ethnicity: 94% Tempranillo, 6% Grenache
Gender: Male | Eye Color: Hazel | Hair: Sandy brown | Body Shape: Muscular from roping cattle
Languages: English and Spanish spoken with a southern accent | Hobbies: Rodeo | Siblings: 287 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 19 and 28, 2012 | Birth Weight: 27.2° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~15% whole cluster in stainless steel tanks
Education: Aged for 19 months in 66% New French oak barrels
GPA (High School): 3.81 pH | 6.4 g/L TA | 15.5% Alc. | Trade: Cowboy | Aspirations: Dude Ranch Owner
Graduation: Bottled June 2014 | Debut: Released Fall 2015 | Liberation: Bucking awesome from 2016 – 2028

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
The 2012 Tempranillo conjures up all the melancholic, deliciously shiver-inducing sentiments of a perfect autumn day – dried leaves on forest floor, red plum compote, sweet leather and pipe tobacco. This new vintage has all the unforgettable and endearing sides of our beloved Spanish cowboy, while also displaying a soft youthful approachability. Layers of red fruit, brown spice and earth tumble around the front to mid-palate, gently leading to enough tannin on the finish to know this wine is Tempranillo without overdoing it.

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ScoresWine Advocate 95, International Wine Report 93, Vinous 92
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2012 (RESERVA)

MY PROFILE
Parentage: Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One steep, west-facing limestone hillside
Ethnicity: 100% Tempranillo | Siblings: 218 Cases Produced
Ideal Mate: Beef on the bone!

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 28 – October 10, 2013 | Birth Weight: 27.1° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~75% whole cluster in new French oak puncheons and stainless steel tank
Education: Aged for 29 months in 88% new French oak barrels and puncheons
GPA: 3.74 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.2% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled April 24, 2015 | Debut: Released Spring 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2017 – 2025 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Reserve Tempranillo is a thick mustache-wearing, seasoned wrangler with some sharp edges alongside layers of softness that have developed after years of patience in the barrel. Flavors of brown sugar, barrel spice, vanilla bean, sun-ripened red plums and dried tobacco leaves are so inviting and yearn for a cool evening curled up by the fire. Next to his Rhone cousins produced at Epoch, Tempranillo is a dark and swarthy foreigner, however we love him just the same and marvel and his idiosyncracies.

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Scores: Wine Advocate 95+, Vinous 93
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2011

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
92% Tempranillo | 6% Syrah | 2% Grenache
Fermented in concrete tanks and French oak puncheons
Aged for 17 months in 65% new French oak barrels and puncheons
297 Cases Produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

With Don Juan suavity, our Tempranillo never lets us forget its Spanish roots. Tempranillo is on its own time, and regardless of vintage, it is always very different than our other varieties. We embrace its uniqueness and let it hang out in barrel and/or bottle for as long as is needed. The coolness of the ’11 vintage is apparent in the brightness of fruit and acid in this wine as well as its tight tannin structure. It begs for decanting (or drinking over a day or two), and then the true romantic emerges. Always connected to the earth, red plum, violet, forest floor, black olive and cigar box flavors converge into a Tempranillo form of elegance. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresWine Advocate 95, International Wine Report 93, Vinous 90, Wine Enthusiast 90 & Cellar Selection
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2010

– The Wine Advocate: Jeb’s Best of 2013

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
92% Tempranillo | 8% Grenache
Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, and French oak puncheons
Aged for 20 months in 82% New French Oak
268 cases produced

This mouthwatering, one of a kind Tempranillo blurs the lines of how we think about wine; he is bright, juicy and playful yet serious in focus and structure, full and lush yet chock full of tannin, Californian yet Spanish. You definitely won’t be bored with this in your glass! – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresJeb Dunnuck 96, Wine Advocate 96, Rhone Report 96, International Wine Report 94, Vinous 92
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2009

– International Wine Report’s #13 Wine of the Year for 2012

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Tempranillo
Aged for 23 months in 75% new French oak barrels and puncheons
447 cases produced

Honoring its heritage with a hefty serving of tannins, this Tempranillo is definitely a red wine drinker’s wine. Let it breathe before serving and you’ll be served with some delicious aromas of sweet earth, leather, pencil shavings, dried red cherries and vanilla. The palate shows tobacco leaves, red plum, roasted meat and newly pressed olive oil. Tannins are intense yet ripe and elegant and will soften and become more velvety in texture with bottle age. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 95, Rhone Report 95, International Wine Report 94+ & #13, Vinous 93

2009 (RESERVA)

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Tempranillo
Aged for 35 months in 75% new French oak
148 cases produced

The six barrels of 2009 Tempranillo that comprise our Reserva Tempranillo have always felt extremely connected to their Spanish roots. Since its inception, this wine insisted on being left alone, begging for extended barrel aging in the traditional Rioja ‘reserva’ style. We followed orders and, except for monthly topping, did not touch these barrels for three years, until the wine’s tannins had softened and flavors concentrated. Now, after almost one year in bottle, it is time to share our demanding yet mind-opening 100% Reserva Tempranillo. Two winemaking worlds collide in this striking wine, which seesaws between the old and the new. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

2008

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Tempranillo
Aged 22 months in French oak barrels (once-filled)
322 cases produced

Tempranillo … West Paso style! The 2008 Tempranillo is our second vintage of this exciting and very different variety;  we produced a small quantity in 2007. We harvested in several different picks to select only the fruit with the softest and ripest tannins. The warm growing season of 2008 allowed our Tempranillo’s tannins to achieve high levels of ripeness and suppleness, creating a wine that’s enjoyable young but sure to age for several years. Aromas are both savory and sweet – smoked meat, tobacco, brown sugar spices, red plum and leather – echoed by a rich, broad palate whose flavors mirror its aromas. Firm with structure but yet surprisingly soft for a Tempranillo, this wine is sure to strike you as deliciously different! Drink now or with 5-10 years cellar age. 

ScoresJeb Dunnuck 93, Rhone Report 93, Wine Advocate 93, Wine Spectator 91,  Vinous 90

2007

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Tempranillo
Aged 23 months in barrel with 100% new French oak
90 cases produced

A traditional-styled wine for the passionate Rioja lover. As with many Rioja wines, our 2007 Tempranillo patiently aged in French oak barrels (23 months!) waiting for flavors and tannins to co-mingle perfectly. True to its variety, this wine plays on the senses differently than our other wines, yielding a new and exciting tasting experience. This wine presents smoky red cherry, red plum, leather and brown tea leaf flavors with a nutty, caramelized, refined and textured palate, indicative of its prolonged barrel age. Drink now or with 5-10 years cellar age.

ScoresRhone Report 94, Wine Spectator 94, Wine Advocate 93

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