2013 Epoch "Estate Blend-Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1246305 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The entry-level release is the 2013 Estate Blend and it's 32% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 10% Tempranillo and 8% Zinfandel. Seeing lots of co-fermentation and aging in 33% new French oak puncheons, it's juicy and forward, with plump and forward notes of plums, blackberries, pepper, underbrush and hints of violets. Full-bodied, sexy and textured, yet always classy and easy drinking, it should evolve nicely for 4-5 years. Incorporating all of the varieties of the estate, it's a great intro into the style of Epoch. Jordan Fiorentini continues to excel as the winemaker at Epoch, and she now has a brand new, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, located just off York Mountain, to grow into. She continues to experiment with different levels of concrete tank (even some amphora) and larger barrels, and I expect the style here to be tweaked as they settle into the new winery and continue developing new vineyards. Talking about her 2013s, she commented that it was similar to 2012, yet with softer tannin. She opted to bottle most of them early as she wanted to preserve as much fruit and freshness as possible. The wines showed beautifully and had the expected Paso Robles richness to go with excellent purity of fruit. (JD)  (8/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Plush and bold, but not shy on ripeness, this features a core of loamy tannins and bright acidity, maintaining focus. Delivers notes of blackberry cobbler, smoky cracked pepper, licorice and grilled herbs. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Best from 2018 through 2027. 1,753 cases made.  (2/2016)

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Rhone Blends

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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.