Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide
Wine Enthusiast | April 2017
We are excited to be showcased in Wine Enthusiast's April Buying Guide. Here you will find 2013 Block B with 96 points, listed as an Editor's Choice ("products that offer excellent quality at a price above our Best Buy range, or a product at any price with unique qualities that merit special attention"), and 2013 Estate Blend with 94 points.
Carving Its Niche - Among Paso Robles' Subregions, Willow Creek District is One to Watch
Wine Spectator | April 2017
Check out Wine Spectator's awesome article on Paso's Willow Creek District (home to our Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards) and what makes this subdistrict so special. Bill & Liz Armstrong are photographed and Jordan Fiorentini is quoted throughout. Read the full article here.
Wine Tasting at Epoch Winery - What to Wear, and how to Pack a Simple Picnic
Rough Luxe Lifestyle | February 2017
"Epoch, founded in 2004, quickly developed a reputation for small production,artisnal wines. Their new tasting room is built on the bones of the Old York Mountain Winery which was established in 1882 and was the county's first bonded winery." Read the full blog post here.
York Mountain Winery re-opens as Epoch Estate Wines Tasting Room
Paso Robles Daily News | February 2017
"Ascension Winery, established in 1882 by Andrew York, was the first winery on the California Coast. Renamed York Mountain Winery several years later, the winery operated until 2001, having the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating winery/tasting room on the coast." Read the full article here.
Looking for wine and history? Epoch builds on York Mountain winery’s legacy
San Luis Obispo Tribune | January 2017
"Anyone who’s spent some time in San Luis Obispo County will likely find something familiar about Epoch Wine Estates’ new tasting room in Templeton. The sleek, airy space is built on the bones of the old York Mountain Winery, established in 1882 as the county’s first bonded winery." Read the full article here.
A taste of Paso Robles history and wines at Epoch Estate
Pacific Coast Business Time | January 2017
"The historic York Mountain Winery partially collapsed into a pile of bricks during the 6.6 magnitude San Simeon earthquake in 2003...A visitor to that site today will see the old winery morphed into an airy, modern tasting room, but with historic DNA of the original bricks, stones and redwood pillars. It’s the new tasting home for Epoch Estate Wines." Read the full article here.
Top 100 Wines of 2016
International Wine Report
We are honored to be a part of International Wine Report's list of Top 100 Wines of 2016. 2012 Authenticity made number 86 with a score of 96 points. It is in amazing company from wines all over the world. Check out the full list here.
Wine Spectator's Insider, Vol. 12, No. 49
Wine Spectator | December 14, 2016
"From steely Chablis to bold Rhône-style reds, this week’s Wine Spectator Insider has it all, with far-ranging new releases from California, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, up to 95 points. This is a report of the most exciting wines our editors have discovered in the tasting room in recent weeks." Read their review of our 2013 Authenticity here.
Spotlight Wine: 2011 Epoch Block B Syrah
The Wine Write | December 12, 2016
"Ever taste a wine that made you say, 'Wow'? We've long contemplated doing an occasional essay on those extraordinary bottles. Some wines are worth that extra scrutiny. The 2011 Block B Syrah from Epoch Estate Wines is such a wine." Read the full the post by one of our favorite bloggers here.
Best Paso Robles Wineries to Visit
Food & Wine | November 2016
Food & Wine provides a list of their favorites wineries to visit in Paso Robles, and we are honored to make that list!
Wine Spectator's Insider, Vol. 12, No. 46
Wine Spectator | November 23, 2016
"Rarely do top-notch wines offer such stunning value as they do in this week’s Wine Spectator Insider, with momentous new releases from California, Oregon, France, Italy and Spain. This is a report of the most exciting wines our editors have discovered in the tasting room in recent weeks." Read their review of our 2013 Ingenuity here.
Anthony Dias Blue Review
The Tasting Panel | October 2016
"In each issue, Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dias Blue selects a wide range of the best wines from among 500 he samples over the course of the month." Read the Tasting Panel's review of our 2012 Ingenuity here.
Get to Know Peter Turrone of Epoch Estate Wines
The Wine Write | August 2016
"It's no secret that Epoch Estate Wines is one of our favorite wineries. Epoch boasts premier vineyard sites, consistently excellent wines, and an enormously talented staff. We were excited to spend some time recently with one of that krewe, Associate Winemaker Peter Turrone." Read the full article here.
The Wine Advocate: Issue 226
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | July 2016
"Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini is making the most of her new winery on York Mountain, and her 2013s and 2014s are up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. In addition to the new releases, I was also able to do a small retrospective of her Tempranillo." Read the full review of our wines here.
Interview with Jordan Fiorentini, Head Winemaker at Epoch Wines
Washington Wine Blog | July 2016
"A winemaker with a heralded bio, Jordan Fiorentini has previous stints at some big names in the industry including Chalk Hill in Sonoma, Arauju Estate in Napa and Antinori Winery in Tuscany." Read the full article here.
The 2016 Rosé Round-Up
Vinous | July 2016
"...The producers covered here and in the upcoming second installment of my rosé coverage made the best pink wines I tasted this spring..." Read full article here as well as Epoch's 2015 Rosé review here.
Wine 101 "On The Road" - Ep. 33: Epoch Estate Wines
Prescott Media Center | July 2016
Check out Jordan's interview with TV host, Scott Sullivan, of Prescott, Arizona's Wine 101 "On The Road." The 30 minute feature on Epoch can be accessed here.
10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2016
Wine Enthusiast | February 2016
"Hit the hills for prestigious California wines and prime hospitality...the former cowboy town is a buzzing hive of wine coutnry tourisum, with enough activities to entertain travelers for an enter week..." Read the full article here.
62 Really Good Reasons You'll Want to See the USA in 2016
Private Clubs Magazine | January 2016
...stop by Epoch Estate Wines' new tasting room, opening early this year. It's a transformation of the historic York mountain winery, the Central Coast's first winery." Read the full article here.
A Paso Robles Blend You Shouldn't Pass Up
Dallas Wine Club | January 6, 2016
"...Totally balanced (in the low acid sort of way, which is what people pay real money for with Rhones..." Read the full article here.
Epoch Estate Wines: New winery dedicated to producing Rhône wines on Paso Robles' York Mountain
Wines & Vines | October 2015
An in-depth and technical look at our winery! Give this article a read to learn so much more about us!
What Was Old Is New Again: Paso Robles' Epoch Estate Wines honors History
The Somm Journal | June/July 2015
"...thanks to two very savvy, upcycling investors and a tenacious young winemaker; Paderewski Vineyard and nearby York Mountain have once again become home to a sought-after Paso Robles brand, Epoch Estate Wines." Read the full article here.
Tim Fish's Recommended California Zinfandels
Wine Spectator | June 30, 2015
We are beyond honored to have our Paderewski Vineyard make Tim's 2015 List twice! Once with a beautiful review of our very own 2012 Zinfandel and a second time for the 2012 Saxum Zinfandel from Paderewski Vineyard. Read the full list here.
Old farmhouse at Epoch Estate Wines in Templeton Gets New Lease on Life
The Tribuine | March 11, 2015
..."built around 1890 and was home to several generations of the York family...Jan York who grew up in the old farmhouse... provided historical photos that guided the restoration and gave us inspiration...The original home, which was added onto over the years, stands at the center of today's structure..." Read the full article here.
California's Syrah Sweet Spot
Wine Enthusiast | March 2015
"Standing beneath a nearly three-story-tall cut of exposed limestone, where sprigs of chaparral surprisling cling to cracks of life, winemaker Jordan Fiorentini makes me lick a dusty white rock, and the moisture vanishes from my tongue..." Read the full article here.
Wine Spectator's Insider: Vol. 10, No. 48
Wine Spectator | December 17, 2014
...California Rhônes look enticing here, with Syrah and Grenache based picks from Tensley, Saxum, epoch and other contenders... We are thrilled to have five, yes five, of our wines reviewed in this issue. Read the full article here.
It's Paso Time
Aspen Times | December 11-17, 2014
...While uncorking, decanting, and waiting for a vintage Burgundy to open up can be a religious experience, it can be just as satisfying to discover a new wine from an emerging region. And if that whole discovery thing is what turns you on, then there may be no better place to get your fix than the Paso Robles wine region of Central California. Paso, as it is colloquially referred to, may be the most exciting emerging region in the country, if not the world...what makes Paso so exciting is the energy that is conveyed by a cadre of young and innovative winemakers... Read the full article here.
2014 Vintage Report: California Wine Harvest
Wine Spectator | November 17, 2014
...it was a relatively uneventful growing season, with a dry, mild winter and vines getting off to an early start in spring, a pattern that followed through flowering, set, veraison and harvest, where there weren’t any memorable heat spikes. Epoch’s Jordan Fiorentini said that even though the harvest was early, budbreak was even earlier, resulting in more grape hang time than in 2013... Read the full article here which also boasts three photos from our Paderewski Vineyard.
Paso Perfect: Paso Robles Rises to the Top
The Tasting Panel | November 2014
…Fueled by bright and hard-working young vintners, the region is turning out an eclectic section of varietals and blends. Because of the variances of microclimates, a number of varieties that don’t normally do well in the same places are producing stunning examples… Read the full article here.
Rock Star Winemakers: Crafts Wines with Depth, character and Personality
VINO Wine Lifestyle Magazine | Fall 2014
Our very own rock star, Jordan Fiorentini, graces the pages of VINO Magazine where she is highlighted as one of six "Rock Star Winemakers" from the Central Coast. Read the full article here.
Epoch Estate Wines Takes on Eighth Vintage in New Winery
Paso Robles Daily News | August 19, 2014
The news is out about our new winery! We couldn't be more excited to share this news with everyone. Read the full article here.
Trailblazers of Paso Robles
Paso Robles Magazine | July 2014
Here at Epoch, we love the history both atop York Mountain, and in our Paderewski Vineyard. We are proud to be a part of this "trailblazing" wine region as we salute both the York Family and Paderewski while we create the next chapter to continue the legacy. Read the full article here.
The Rhone Rangers Ride to DC
WineCompas.com | June 18, 2014
We always enjoy participating in the events held by the Rhone Rangers as it takes us out on the road to share Epoch wines with Rhone lovers! Check out this fun article by the WineCompass.com from a recent event in Washington DC! Read the full article here.
A Fusion of Wine and History make Epoch Estate Wines a Day Trip Destination
examiner.com - Fresno Edition | June 12, 2014
"Upon exiting Highway 46 to York Mountain Road you feel as though you have entered an entirely new realm, as if transported to the deep south. The traffic drops off, Spanish Moss adorns the large trees overhanging the winding country road and you immediately relax into vacation mode. Best of all, Epoch Estate Wines is just ahead." Writer Jonathan Cook captures all that is Epoch in this great piece. Read the full article here.
Georgia in Your Glass
Men's Book Atlanta | June 2014
With ties to Georgia, winemaker Jordan Fiorentini shares a few insights with this southern publication. Read the full article here.
Weekend Escape: Templeton, Calif., A different way to roll in a rustic haven
LA Times Travel Blog | May 30, 2014
"The unincorporated community of Templeton, Calififornia, just south of Paso Robles, is a secret worth discovering." Read the full article here.
A Tale of Amazing Encounters. Beautiful Surprises.
Paso Robles Magazine | May 2014
Every May in Paso Robles, the Paso ArtFest takes over the downtown park, stores and art studios. This year, friend of Bill and Liz Armstrong, and master artist, Quang Ho, will be traveling to Paso Robles to be the keynote speaker of the festival. Check out this fun read to learn how the Paso ArtFest, artist Quang Ho, and Epoch connect in this "tale of amazing encounters." Read the full article here.
10 Standout California Rhônes
Wine Spectator | April 28, 2014
"Syrah leads the way when it comes to Rhône varieties from the Golden State, either bottled on its own or, more commonly, in cuvées involving several grapes. This week, we highlight a trio of outstanding releases from Epoch in Paso Robles, a bastion for Syrah. In 2004, geologists Bill and Liz Armstrong purchased several hundred acres of land in Paso, including the historic 65-acre Rancho San Ignacio. They planted the estate vineyards to Rhône grapes, as well as to Zinfandel and Tempranillo. The Syrah comes from a specific block in the Paderewski vineyard, while the Authenticity and Ingenuity bottlings are both blends. Jordan Fiorentini makes the wines." Read the full article here.
Vino Wine Lifestyle Magazine | Spring 2014
A fun peek at what is happening on York Mountain! We are so thankful for our rockstar architect Brian Korte of Lake | Flato, hailing from San Antonio, Texas, as he and his amazing team are building our new winery and Tasting Room. This article gives a look at our dedication to preservation and restoration of the old York Mountain Winery. Though the story is anexious, our new winery will hopefully be complete for Jordan this coming Fall, and the new tasting room will open in 2015. Read the full article here.
Paso Robles Wine: Five Women of the Vine
San Jose Mercury News | March 11, 2014
"...This quintet of winemakers, all under 40, are making their mark -- and they all earned their chaps the hard way, pruning, picking, sorting and punching down. They buy their own barrels, drag hoses, operate forklifts, top off, bottle and do all the messy essentials of an industry often -- and mistakenly -- considered glamorous..." Read the full article here.
Paso Robles Wine Trail: Five Stops on Highway 46 West and Peach Canyon Road
San Jose Mercury News | March 11, 2014
"West Paso Robles is packed with so many impressive wine tasting experiences, it can be dizzying to decide where to sip. The grapes grown here yield exceptional fruit, and some of California's youngest and most creative winemakers have left Napa and other highly decorated regions to practice their craft on this hilly stretch of coveted terrain..." Read the full article here.
Rough Ride for California Rhônes
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2014
"No wine or region in 2011 escaped the unusually cool, often damp weather that hung over the growing season... California Rhônes are at the cutting edge not only of grapegrowing and winemaking, but also fo how Golden State producers markeet their wines... '...It made me quite happy knowing that Paso has gears and can also play the cooler-climate act,' says Fiorentini..." Read the full article here.
On-Premise Patter: On Dek
The Tasting Panel | January 2014
"One of Jeremy Dennis's recent favorites, the 2010 Veracity from Epoch Estate Wines, comes from Paso Robles, where winemakers are making Grenached-based blends that Dennis says, are unlide anything I've tried before." Read the full article here.
Tasting Highlights: 10 Lively California Zinfandels
Wine Spectator | January 6, 2014
"There are fine examples of old-vine Zin from Sonoma Valley, including Bucklin's Old Hill Ranch Ancient Field Blend and Ridge Pagani Ranch, as well as newer sources such as Epoch Paso Robles Paderewski Vineyard." Read the full article here.
Holiday Hotspots: Where to Go in 2014
The Guardian | January 3, 2014
"#15. Paso Robles, California USA ...sample top zinfandels and red blends at Dusi Vineyard or Epoch Estate Wines..." Read the full article here.
International Wine Report Reviews Four Epoch Estate Wines
International Wine Report | January 2014
Four, yes four, Epoch Estate Wines are featured in the Jauary 2014 report of the International Wine Report. Wines reviewed are the 2012 Tempranillo, 2011 Estate Blend, 2011 Veracity, and the 2012 White. Read all the reviews here.
My Eureka Wines of 2013
The Wine Write | January 6, 2014
"...My hightest rated wine of the year was the 2009 Epoch Estate Wines Veracity, Paderewski Vineyard. I rated that bottle of Veracity a 94, noting its goregous nose, juiciness, great black and red fruit, and long, savory finish. I loved it..." Read the full article here.
Tasting Highights: 9 Knockout California Reds
Wine Spectator | November 25, 2013
"The 2011 Rhône-style reds from Paso Robles are a step or two off the pace of recent vintages. The late-ripening varieties that dominate the reds from this region, such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, can be impressive, as demonstrated by examples from Epoch, Linne Calodo and Calcareous. But other wines are overly tannic, coming up short on depth and richness..." Read the full article here.
History of the Paso Robles Wine Region
Paso Robles Daily News - SLO County Visitors Guide | June 24, 2013
"Andrew York, a rancher from Indiana who planted a Zinfandel vineyard in the late 1870s that eventually had him establishing Ascension Winery that later became York Mountain Winery. And while it can possibly claim the title of being the oldest continuously operating winery in North County, it can only say that thanks to being purchased by Epoch Winery in 2010. Epoch is in the process of resurrecting that vineyard and replanting it. This vineyard resides in its own 6,400 acre York Mountain Appellation. Epoch’s tasting room is located at the York Mountain site on York Mountain Road off of Route 46 West..." Read the full article here.
Paso Robles: A Wine Lover's Paradise on California's Central Coast
Huffington Post | April 2, 2013
"...Epoch's Jordan Fiorentini is not only a winemaker but also an artist, and her unusual "tasting notes" feature sketches which give a visual dimension to information that in less creative hands can come across as dull at best..." Read the full article.
Daily Wine Picks - More than $30
Wine Spectator | February 19, 2013
Tasting Notes: Epoch, Beckman, Bogle, Villa Creek, and a Cotes du Rhone
The Southwest Wine Guide | February 2013
"...2010 Epoch Estate Wines Zinfandel Paderewski Vineyard ($55) Popped and poured at restaurant. Exquisite. Rich fruit on the nose. Lush mouthfeel... (94 pts) Read the full article
Meet Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estates Winery
The Wine Write | January 28, 2013
"...a relative newcomer to the Paso Robles wine scene. Founded in 2004 by Denver oilman Bill Armstrong and wife Liz, Epoch has quickly made a name for itself in the world of fine wine... More importantly, Epoch is among The Wine Write's favorite producers. The 2010 Zinfandel made my top ten wines of 2012." Read the full article
International Wine Report: Top 50 Wines of 2012 | 2009 Tempranillo is #13
International Wine Report | November 2012
The 2009 Tempranillo from the Paderewski Vineyard is made in a modern style, aged for 23 months in 75% new French oak barrels and puncheonsis. It has an opaque deep purple color and offers aromas of blackberry, smoke, violets, chocolate, spices, toast and well-integrated toasted oak all backed by a beautiful freshness. Full-bodied, dense and concentrated with layers of flavors that are constantly evolving. This wine will be even better in about 4-6 years from now, and has the potential to last for two decades. It's very exciting to see a Tempranillo of this quality coming out of Paso Robles and really hope to see lots more very soon. Click here for the full list
2012 New World Wine Experience: New Perspectives on California Rhône Reds
Wine Spectator | October 23, 2012
"Two things were instantly apparent when senior editor James Laube led a panel of four winemakers onstage for a seminar on Rhône reds grown in California. First, this category has grown tremendously in recent years, judging by the lineup of wines—not just Syrah, but Grenache and Mourvèdre, grown in a diverse array of appellations. Second, women have arrived in California winemaking and will be shaping its future for years to come. Laube was the only man on stage..." Read the full article
Wine Travel: Boutique Wineries of Paso Robles
Vegas Wine News
"Paso Robles makes a great destination for Las Vegans due its relatively close proximity and the simple fact that the quality of its wines have shown steady improvement in quality... Just founded in 2004 Epoch (pronounced “epic”--and they’re serious about that!) has rapidly evolved into a top-notch winery producing... Jordan Fiorentini, the dynamic winemaker for Epoch, took over as winemaker here in 2010. Despite her relative youth, she has a vast experience in wine..." Read the full article
Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Composer, Concert Pianist, Diplomat, and Paso Robles Winemaker
International Wine Review | September 8, 2012
"Paderewski and Paso Robles are linked together by hot springs, wine and music. Today, his vineyard, which he planted in 1922 and was replanted by Bill and Liz Armstrong of Epoch Wines with the assistance of Saxum’s Justin Smith in 2004, is producing some of Paso Roble’s finest wines... Read the full article
71. Epoch Ingenuity – This is a Paso Robles winery that has revived the Paderewski Vineyard with the help of consultant Justin Smith of Saxum. There wines are all stellar and this one is a blend of Rhone varietals with some Petite Sirah and Zinfandel mixed in... Read the full article.
Finding the Sweet Spot
Wine Spectator | April 30, 2012
"What should wine taste like? This is not a question with a simple answer. What winemakers and wine drinkers consider "classic" or "ideal" is constantly evolving, depending on the era, the wine type and the culture....Today, grapegrowers and winemakers have much more control over their wares. Thus the question has become: What do we want wine to taste like? In recent years, a lively debate has emerged that uses alcohol level as a barometer to respond to this question... Read the full article
10 Perfect Weekends Outside of L.A.
Departures | May/June 2011
"From Pasadena to Paso Robles, some of our favorite weekend escapes just a drive away from L.A..."Read the full article
Behind the Vines: A tale of two wineries
Paso Robles Press | May 12, 2011
"The story of Epoch Estate Wines first requires a short Paso Robles history lesson: Two wineries. In the late 1870s, Indiana rancher Andrew York ventured west to pursue his dreams, and eventually found land on the northern slope of the Santa Lucia Mountains, west of Paso Robles. He started planting a vineyard on his 240-acre homestead and in 1882 built the first winery in the area..." Read the full article
The New Face of California Rhône Reds
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2011
Justin Smith of Saxum Leads the Way by James Laube "As day breaks, Justin Smith is seated behind the wheel of a tractor. On this cool October morning, harvest 2010 is shifting into high gear in coastal California's Paso Robles region. Smith is directing his harvest team as they systematically..." Read the full article
Spice of Life
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2011
...Grenache adds verve as California Rhône makers hone regional styles and consumers warm to the art of the blend... Paso Robles has emerged as the state's best appellation for Syrah and Syrah-Grenache blends... Read the full article
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2011
...Paso Robles’ new wave of wines comes from a network of California Rhône go-getters... To understand the significance of what Denver geologists Bill and Liz Armstrong are doing with Epoch Estate Wines in Paso Robles, it helps to be aware of an unusual aspect of the area's history...Read the full article
Mourvedre grape a Paso Robles specialty
Los Angeles Times | February 10, 2011
...It's hard to pronounce, and it can make wines that smell gamy. But Mourvèdre just might be the best grape grown in Paso Robles, one of California's hottest wine regions..." Read the full article
Wine of the Year - Top 100
Wine Spectator | December 31, 2010
...In 1998, a starry-eyed 28-year-old not long out of college started a small winery in the sleepy town of Paso Robles. Along with a handful of other young winemakers, Justin Smith came to believe... Read the full article
The Power of Exposure
Wine Spectator | December 31, 2010
..For anyone looking for the next big thing in wine, or more than one, here are a few that impressed me this year among the thousands of wines I tasted from around the world... Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the rise of Grenache in California... Read the full article