2011 Epoch "Veracity" Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1146502 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Remarkably inky in color for a Grenache-based blend, it features strong aromas of cedar, meat and deeply purple fruit. The soft, rich mouthfeel coats the palate like a luxurious lacquer, and features flavors of blackberry jam, macerated cherry and vanilla-spiced plums. The blend of florals, herbals, fruit and oak-driven tannins is masterful. Drink now by itself or with a peppercorn-crusted filet mignon.  (9/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Savory and meaty, with plenty of black cherry, raspberry, underbrush and spice, the 2011 Veracity has a great palate that carries pure, vibrant fruit, ripe tannin and an overall elegant, focused feel. Give it another 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy through 2021. Drink 2015-2021. An estate that continues to go from strength to strength, Epoch is owned by Bill and Liz Armstrong, with the wines made by Jordan Fiorentini. All of their wines come from their estate Paderewski Vineyard, and both their 2010s and 2011s are incredibly strong, with the edge going to the 2010s at the moment. You can’t go wrong here, though, and these are serious, top-flight wines. (JD)  (8/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (57% grenache, 25% mourvedre and 18% syrah; 25% new French oak and 15.9% alcohol): Brilliant ruby. Powerful aromas of candied black raspberry, blueberry and licorice, with hints of violet and cracked pepper adding complexity. Lush, intensely flavored and silky in texture, offering spicy dark berry and cherry compote flavors enlivened by a suave floral nuance. Showing the dark side of grenache. Finishes sappy and very long, with resonating spiciness, a hint of licorice and velvety, harmonious tannins. (JR)  (12/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Richly flavored, firm, dense, complex and focused, with a mix of crushed rock, dark berry, black licorice, spice and floral notes that stay persistent through the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2023.  (2/2014)

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


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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 (%): 15.9