2010 Epoch Estate Blend "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
*Top 100 Wines of 2013* Combines richness with subtlety and finesse, weaving together fresh earth, chocolate-covered espresso bean and vivid dark berry flavors with touches of hazelnut, gliding to a long, graceful finish. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As with the 2011, the 2010 Estate Blend is a perfect introduction into the wines of the estate and will compete with a number of other producer's top wine. A blend of 56% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre and 7% Tempranillo, it has loads of chocolaty black fruits, licorice, tar, pepper and chalky minerality to go with a great palate. Textured, rich and drinking well beyond most estate's entry-level offering, with serious depth and focus, it will continue to impress for 5-7 years. Drink now-2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Spice-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by black tea, licorice and potpourri. Juicy, incisive blackberry and boysenberry flavors are braced by zesty acidity and pick up a touch of candied violet with air. Oak spice and floral notes emerge on the sweet, focused, gently tannic finish. For a rich, ripe wine this is pretty suave.
The 2010 Estate Blend impresses for its bright, focused aromas and flavors. Dark raspberry, menthol, floral and spice notes all open up as the wine sits in the glass. In 2011, the Estate blend is equal parts fruit from Catapult and Paderewski....Drinking window: 2013 - 2018.
"You can't go wrong here...these are serious, top-flight wines." (Wine Advocate, 8/2013)