Bottle of 2021 Epoch White

WHITE

A vibrant blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier are enhanced with a hint of Roussanne that dances across the palate.


Vintage Details:

2019

MY PROFILE
Parentage:58% Catapult, 34% Paderewski and 8% York Mountain Vineyards
Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Northern and eastern exposures on shale and limestone soils
Ethnicity: 47% Grenache Blanc | 42% Viognier | 11% Roussanne | Siblings: 650 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 5 – 30, 2019 | Birth Weight: 23.3° Brix
Rearing: Fermented concrete egg, concrete tulip, and French oak cask, barrels and puncheons
Education: Aged four months sur lie: 53% in concrete and 47% in French oak barrels (14% new)
GPA: 3.27 pH | 6.0 g/L TA | 14.2% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled March 12, 2020 | Debut: Released Spring 2020 | Prime Eligibility: 2021 – 2027

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
The 2019 Epoch White is our characteristic combination of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne but with a twist: we have added a new fermentation vessel to the mix for complexity, a French oak Foudre (or more simply called an oak cask). Having been raised in various concrete vessels and oak formats, this wine is mineral-laced with ripe yellow peach, lemon oil, green pear, fresh cream, wet clay, and a hint of brown baking spices.  Our white is an ace at pairing with some of the most challenging foods (artichokes and Thai or Mexican dishes) and will not disappoint with a few years of cellar age.

ScoresVinous 93, Wine Advocate 92, Jeb Dunnuck 91-93

2018

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 58% Catapult, 35% Paderewski, and 7% York Mountain Vineyards
Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: Northern and eastern exposures on shale and limestone hillsides
Ethnicity: 47% Grenache Blanc, 42% Viognier, 11% Roussanne  | Siblings: 720 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 4 – 20, 2018 | Birth Weight: 23.4° Brix
Rearing: Fermented concrete egg, concrete tulip, and French oak barrels and puncheons
Education: Aged four months sur lie: 53% in concrete and 47% in French oak barrels (14% new)
GPA: 3.39 pH | 6.4 g/L TA | 14.3% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled March 6, 2019 | Debut: Released Spring 2019 | Prime Eligibility: 2020 – 2022

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Refreshingly bright and exuberant, Epoch’s 2018 White is bursting with gorgeous aromas, texture and mineralogy.  Ripe green and yellow melon, wet rock, white pineapple and baking spices on the nose make your mouth water, begging for a taste.  Yellow peaches, fresh cream and meyer lemon are laced through with crushed rock and delicate texture.  Drink it now but also lay it down for one to four years.  You won’t regret it.

ScoresJeb Dunnuck 94, Wine Advocate 93, Vinous 93

2017

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 67% Catapult and 33% Paderewski Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: North and east-facing shale and limestone-studded hillsides
Ethnicity: 48% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, 12% Roussanne | Siblings: 750 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 25 – October 13, 2017 | Birth Weight: 23.3° Brix
Rearing: Fermented concrete, oak and stainless steel barrels; no malolactic fermentation
Education: Aged four months sur lie: 56% in concrete, 37% in French oak barrels (7% new) and 7% in stainless steel barrels
GPA: 3.44 pH | 6.5 g/L TA | 14.2% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled March 7, 2018 | Debut: Released Spring 2018 | Prime Eligibility: 2018 – 2022

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Your olfactory receptors will be in overdrive with our ’17 White’s stunning aromatics of fresh pineapple, green melon, honeysuckle and lemon curd, which are echoed and enhanced on the luxurious,  yet crisp and mineral-driven palate.

ScoresWine Advocate 93+, Jeb Dunnuck 93, Vinous 93

2016

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 61% Catapult and 39% Paderewski Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: North and east-facing shale and limestone-studded hillsides
Ethnicity: 47% Grenache Blanc, 39% Viognier, 14% Roussanne | Siblings: 510 Cases Produced

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 23 – September 9, 2016 | Birth Weight: 23.2° Brix
Rearing: Fermented cool in concrete eggs, concrete tulips, and barrels with weekly batonnage. No malolactic fermentation.
Education: Aged five months sur lie: 61% concrete and 39% in French oak barrels (10% new)
GPA: 3.32 pH | 7.0 g/L TA | 14.3% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled March 10, 2017 | Debut: Released Spring 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2017 – 2019

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
A white for all seasons (and all meals!), and don’t be afraid to hide some in your cellar for a while. Grenache Blanc has found such a sweet spot fermenting and aging in concrete that we had to try our hands at Viognier in concrete as well. We love the results and depth of character that intertwine in this bold yet light-on-its-feet Southern Rhône-inspired blend, loaded with citrus, pineapple, cream and a touch of barrel spice from the Roussanne.

ScoresJeb Dunnuck 93, Vinous 92, Wine Advocate 91+

2015

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 71% Catapult and 29% Paderewski Vineyards
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 46% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, 14% Roussanne | Siblings: 491 Cases
Ideal Mate: Oysters on the half shell

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 14 – September 14, 2015 | Birth Weight: 22.8° Brix
Rearing: Fermented cool in concrete eggs, concrete tulips, and barrels with weekly batonnage. 15% skin contact. No malolactic fermentation.
Education: Aged five months Sur Lie in 61% concrete, 30% Neutral oak barrels, and 9% new once-used barrels
GPA: 3.26 pH | 7.4 g/L TA | 14.3% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled March 3, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2016 – 2020

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
She’s a white wine, but she is mighty and built to last. Like opening Pandora’s box, uncorking this wine is a wild ride of explosive favors – white peaches, citrus blossoms, ginger, lemon oil, crème fraîche, dried straw and custard. Grenache Blanc and Viognier fermented and lees-aged in concrete deliver abundant freshness and rocky minerality. The third sibling, Roussanne, returns to the DNA and lengthens out the palate, gifting age-worthiness and a honeyed viscosity. The 2015 Epoch White will wow you now and for several years to come. Age her – we dare you!

ScoresWine Advocate 93, Vinous 91

2014

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 63% Catapult and 37% Paderewski Vineyards
Hometown: Paso Robles | District: Willow Creek
Ethnicity: 52% Viognier, 48% Grenache Blanc
Gender: Female | Hair Color: Golden | Body Shape: Round in all the right places
Favorite Food: Triple cream brie | Hobbies: Gardening | Siblings: 870 Cases 

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 18 – September 2, 2014 | Birth Weight: 23.2° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in two French concrete eggs, two concrete Italian tulips, stainless steel, and neutral oak barrels. Skin contact on one contributing lot of Viognier for 24 hours. No malolactic fermentation.
Education: Aged five months Sur Lie in 42% concrete, 31% stainless steel barrels and 27% Neutral oak barrels
GPA: 3.28 pH | 6.3 g/L TA | 14.3% Alc. | Major: Horticulture
Graduation: Bottled February 2015 | Debut: Released Spring 2015 | Liberation: Summer 2015 – 2017

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
To look at Grenache Blanc and Viognier, you might think, “what would their kid look like?” Well, these two have hatched an equal-parts lovechild as our newest generation of Epoch White. Like a good child, she represents the strengths of both her parents. Sporting all the sea-salt minerality, grapefruit, white flower, and fresh hay of Grenache Blanc, and her Viognier roots contributing ginger, rose oil, and fresh peach, the combination is fresh and bright, yet weighty and age-worthy: the perfect union.

ScoresWine Advocate 91, Vinous 91

2013

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
52% Grenache Blanc | 39% Viognier | 9% Roussanne
25% fermented and aged in concrete tanks | 42% fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels | 33% fermented and aged in stainless steel barrels
604 cases produced

Thirst-quenching, rock licking, ambrosia in a bottle – a deliciously serious twist on white Rhone varieties. We have officially geeked out and done many different fun winemaking techniques on this white – from concrete fermentation on Grenache Blanc to skin contact on the Viognier. The result is a wine with great minerality and acidity (thank you Grenache Blanc) with mouth-coating stone fruit and ginger spice elements courtesy of a nice wallop of Viognier. This wine should age beautifully, if you’re willing to wait that long! – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresJeb Dunnuck 93, Wine Advocate 91, Vinous 90

2012

Catapult and Paderewski Vineyards, Paso Robles
61% Grenache Blanc | 31% Viognier | 8% Roussanne
Fermented in concrete, stainless steel and neutral oak barrels
Aged in concrete, stainless steel and neutral oak barrels
217 cases produced

White peaches and liquid minerality – Epoch’s 2012 White has a racy Grenache blanc backbone with spice and floral elements from Viognier and a little Roussanne to round out the palate. This was our first year fermenting and aging Grenache blanc in concrete, which gave us levels of texture, complexity and a purity of site. – Jordan FiorentiniWinemaker

ScoresVinous 93International Wine Report 92, Wine Advocate 92

2011

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
70% Grenache Blanc | 20% Marsanne | 10% Roussanne
100% Barrel fermented in neutral oak and stainless steel barrels
120 cases produced (Tasting Room Only)

No flabby feelings allowed for our Epoch white! Our estate-grown Grenache blanc is the main player in our crisp and refreshing white Rhone blend, with smaller amounts of Roussanne and Marsanne adding spice  and complexity. White grapefruit, citrus blossom and lemon oil aromas lead to a brightly textured palate, alive with citrus, wet stone and a delicious creaminess. To preserve its delicate fruit, this wine was gently vinified and produced without exposure to oxygen or cold stabilization. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

ScoresJeb Dunnuck 90, Rhone Report 90, Wine Advocate 90, Vinous 90

2010

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Grenache Blanc
100% barrel fermented
50 cases produced (Tasting Room Only)

As inviting on  the nose as it is on the palate. Epoch Estate Wines’ first white wine, this 100% Grenache Blanc is as inviting on the nose as it is on the palate. Bright lime, lemon and grapefruit aromas accompany a hint of white flowers, apricot marmalade and grilled pineapple. This white is a smooth-drinker with creamy citrus, fresh mango and lemon bar flavors. Its full, mouth-coating palate is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of summer salads, sandwiches and fish dishes. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

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