2010 Epoch Estate Blend "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1124373 93 points Wine Spectator

 *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.  (2/ 2013)

92 points 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.  (8/ 2013)

92 points 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.  (12/ 2012)

Antonio Galloni

 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.  (7/ 2013)

K&L Notes

"You can't go wrong here...these are serious, top-flight wines." (Wine Advocate, 8/2013)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

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United States

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California

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 16.1