2012 Epoch "Estate Blend-Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1190475 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Moving to the 2012s from bottle, the 2012 Estate Blend is flat out gorgeous, with layered black raspberry, spice, crushed flowers and licorice all present in its full-bodied, seamless profile. Made from 45% Syrah, 24% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 11% Tempranillo, it’s perfectly balanced, has juicy acidity, and chewy tannin that emerges on the finish. While it’s a full-bodied effort, elegance and refinement are the name of the game here. Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A powerful expression of dark fruit, fresh earth, herb and cedar flavors. The core of blackberry, dusty-loamy earth, fresh-cut cedar and commanding tannins doesn't let up, staying powerful, deep and persistent throughout. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Tempranillo. Best from 2016 through 2027. 1,349 cases made.  (3/2015)


 The 2012 Estate Blend is a good introduction to the Epoch wines. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and menthol flesh out in an inviting, textured wine to drink over the next few years. Even with all of its intensity, the 2012 possesses good energy and plenty of personality. The Estate blend is 45% Syrah, 24% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache and 11% Tempranillo. (AG)  (5/2014)

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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.