EPOCH WINES PRESENTS OUR SECOND ANNUAL

YORK MOUNTAIN VINEYARD OFFERING

We are so excited to share the details of our second annual York Mountain Offering!  As a reminder, these wines are still 100% Epoch; they are just Epoch wines that hail solely from our York Mountain Vineyard.  Besides residing in its own AVA, our York Mountain Vineyard is unique in that it has a cooler climate and receives more rainfall than our Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards.  Its soil is also significantly different (sandstone at York versus limestone at Paderewski and shale at Catapult), and its elevations are higher.  We believe you can taste these differences in the resulting wines, and thus, we decided to create separate bottlings for some of the Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier that come off this very special site.

 

As a reminder, our York Mountain Offering is just that – an offering – you are not required to purchase from this release.  Below you will find the wines available to you should you wish to partake.  Upon login on your designated release day, you will be able to access your allocation and select the wines of your choice – unless you are Elite, in which case, we would process the order for you.  If you need a refresher on the expectations and perks associated with your Entourage level, click here.  As a reminder, our Entourage members always have first dibs on our new release wines!

 

Our 2022 York Mountain Offering opens to our Entourage Members on the following dates:

Entourage Elite: on Monday, May 2nd custom orders will be processed on the behalf of Elite members who wish to partake

Entourage 12: Wednesday, May 4th at 10 AM PST

Entourage 6: Thursday, May 5th at 10 AM PST

Entourage 3: Friday, May 6th at 10 AM PST

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$45

Scores:
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Wine Advocate 92

2020 YORK MOUNTAIN
VIOGNIER

97% VIOGNIER, 3% ROUSSANNE

Vineyard:  100% York Mountain Vineyard, York Mountain AVA

Harvest Dates: September 16 – October 7, 2020

Fermentation: Fermented in French oak puncheons and barrels (27% new)

Cooperage and Aging: Aged seven months sur lie in French oak puncheons and barrels (27% new)

pH: 3.73 | TA: 5.7 g/L | Alcohol: 13.6%

Bottling date: May 5, 2021

Cases Produced: 298

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$80

Scores:
Jeb Dunnuck: 93-95
Wine Advocate:
94

2019 YORK MOUNTAIN
GRENACHE

100% GRENACHE

Vineyard:  100% York Mountain Vineyard, York Mountain AVA

Harvest Dates: October 9 – 16, 2019

Fermentation: Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks

Cooperage and Aging: Aged 17 months: 80% in concrete tulip and the balance in neutral mid-sized barrels

pH: 3.96 | TA: 4.5 g/L | Alcohol: 15.3%

Bottling date: May 4, 2021

Cases Produced: 295

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$90

Scores:
Jeb Dunnuck: 94+

2019 YORK MOUNTAIN
SYRAH

100% SYRAH

Vineyard:  100% York Mountain Vineyard, York Mountain AVA

Harvest Dates: October 9 – October 16, 2019

Fermentation: Fermented in concrete, stainless steel, and new French oak puncheons
(40% stem inclusion)

Cooperage and Aging: Aged 18 months in French oak mid-sized barrels and puncheons
(30% new)

pH: 4.06 | TA: 4.9 g/L | Alcohol: 14.7%

Bottling date: July 24, 2021

Cases Produced: 534

SHIPPING

 

Our York Mountain wines will ship via UPS Ground on the Monday (or Tuesday if within California) after you place your order, and all orders of six or more bottles will qualify for inclusive shipping.

 

Monday, May 9th: First round of out-of-state orders ship
Tuesday, May 10th: First round of CA orders ship
Monday, May 16th: Second round of out-of-state orders ship
Tuesday, May 17th: Second round of CA orders ship

 

You will have the ability to add add cool packs when placing your order.  If you would like to expedite or delay your shipment, please just let us know.

2019 VINTAGE AT EPOCH

 

“Overall, 2019 was a mild, long, even, and cool vintage.  We had significant (above average) rainfall and late budbreak (about two weeks later than normal). Nice and easy was the name of the game for the rest of the year with plenty of available water during much of the growing season and no crazy heat waves. As a result, the 2019 wines are balanced with lots of freshness.

 

2019 was a later, milder, and more even-tempered vintage than 2018.  Those lower temperatures were especially noticeable on York Mountain where the spring was misty and cool.  Yields were up in 2019 at Paderewski and Catapult due to the nice rainfall we had that winter which lasted through March 2019. Canopies were green, healthy, and very happy too. A little nerdy side note: the diurnal temperature swings were less extreme in 2019 (meaning the nighttime lows weren’t as low in 2019 as 2018), leading to less acid in the wines, higher PHs, and more ease on the palate.  We actually started picking grapes only a day later in 2019 than in 2018, but 2018 had greater diurnal temperature swings and many more days over 100 than 2019. That being said, 2018 wasn’t a crazy hot year for us either, but it was drier with more see-sawing temperatures.

 

On York Mountain, our 2019 Syrah crop was average in size, however Grenache yields were extremely small.  The cool, wet 2019 spring combined with a few strong wind events led to poor Grenache fruit set and therefore a tiny crop.  The nice green canopies with small crop load allowed the Grenache tannins to evolve fully which is one of the reasons why the wine is so fantastic.

 

The last pick in 2018 was 10/17 vs. 10/24 in 2019 – so pretty close. Tannins had ample time to get really ripe and supple in 2019, and since the spring was cool, we believe that also led to lower overall tannin development in the wines than in 2018. All this leads to wines from 2019 that are pure, elegant, and very balanced. The acids are a touch lower than “classic” and pHs a bit higher, which make for a more approachable and supple vintage.

 

Both of our 2019 York Mountain red wines are so gorgeous now. I know we often urge y’all to let the wines to age a bit before enjoying, and while these two will certainly be delicious in a few years, I also recommend opening one of each within the next year so you can get a real taste for the terroir at York.”  

 

– Jordan Fiorentini

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YORK MOUNTAIN VINEYARD®

The York Family, Paso wine pioneers and owners of this historic property for more than eighty years, planted vines on this land in 1882, making it one of the first vineyards on the central coast. Despite five name changes, prohibition, and the catastrophic San Simeon Earthquake, York Mountain Winery ran continuously for 119 years, making it one of the longest continuously run wineries in the United States. When we purchased the property in 2010, the site of the York family’s original vineyard was fallow, but we were eager to one day plants vines again on these historic soils.

 

In the spring of 2015, after much dreaming and planning, we began planting vines at this “cool climate” site. Located just seven miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,500 feet, this property falls in the small 640 acre York Mountain AVA, which is outside of the very large Paso Robles AVA.  The soils and climate are very different than our other two vineyards.  The combination of sandstone soils with a very moderate climate due to the even closer proximity to the Pacific Ocean make this site quite the departure from our Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards.  Because of its elevation and distance from the ocean, York Mountain receives more than twice the amount of rainfall as our other vineyards and has characteristic foggy mornings throughout the year with cool breezes all day long.

York Mountain Vineyard® Stats:

Planted: 2015
Acreage: 21 under vine, 128 total
Soils: Fragmented and fractured sandstone
pH: High 4s to mid 6s
AVA: York Mountain
Red Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon
White Varietals: Viognier and Roussanne
Farming Practices: Farmed using Organic and Biodynamic practices