Block B


2012 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100 % Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Fermented in stainless steel and French oak puncheons
Aged 18 months in 44% new French oak barrels and puncheons
Anticipated Release Spring 2015 | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 94-97 (barrel sample)
The 2012 Block B always shows the most minerality, as well and the most richness (the Authenticity is in the same ballpark) in the lineup. Loaded with serious cassis, black raspberry, chocolate, graphite and crushed rock-like aromas and flavors, it has a full-bodied, decadent feel on the palate that carries building tannin and terrific length. It should be reasonably approachable on release and dish out loads of pleasure through 2024. – August 2014  (Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Spectator | 92
Ripe, plumb and generous, with a smooth entry introducing rich graphite and mineral-driven blackberry notes. Maintains focus and structure amid the long, persistent finish, echoing the core flavors. Drink now through 2028. – December 2014 (James Laube)

 

2011 Block B
- The Wine Advocate: Jeb's Best of 2014

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Fermented in 100% French oak puncheons
Aged 17 months in 55% new French oak
236 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 97 + Jeb's Best of 2014
The 2011 Block B is the star of the show. Made from 100% Syrah and aged 17 months in 55% new French oak barrels and puncheons, it possesses the classic chalky minerality that the cuvee always shows, as well as thrilling amounts of cassis, black raspberry, bacon fat and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, deeply concentrated and with incredible purity, it has a stacked mid-palate and fine tannin that emerge on the finish. Already approachable, I see no reason to delay gratification, yet it will have another decade of longevity to be sure. – August 2014 ( Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Advocate | 94-96 (barrel sample)
Coming all from a single block of limestone soils, the 100% Syrah 2011 Block B is an impressive barrel sample. Also more refined and elegant than past vintages, it boasts rich, decadent notes of blackberry, charcoal, graphite, spring flowers and licorice as well as a full-bodied, rich and chewy profile on the palate. Aged in 55% new French oak, it has classic Syrah character and will have 10-12 years or more of longevity. Drink 2015-2023. – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Report | 95 + #67 Wine of the Year for 2014
It displays a remarkable pitch-black inky color and demonstrates intense power with incredible concentration and depth of flavor. It’s layered throughout with black fruits, blueberries, violets, spices, espresso, eucalyptus and minerals. This is well structured, and despite the tremendous magnitude of this wine, it remains balanced thanks to the underlying acidity that runs through its core. The finish is long and dense, leaving behind a generous coating of dark fruits and spices that linger on and on. Aged 18 months in in 55% new French oak and is already extremely delicious, but I expect it show even better in the years to come after some additional bottle age. Year after Year this is a remarkable Syrah from Epoch and winemaker Jordan Fiorentini. (Best 2016-2030) – April 2014  (Joe D'Angelo) 

International Wine Cellar | 94
Inky purple.  Exotic, heady aromas of dark berries and chocolate liqueur, with intense violet and spicecake overtones.  Fresh blueberry, blackberry and fruitcake flavors are complicated by an exotic floral nuance that gains power with air.  Palate-staining and powerful but wonderfully balanced, finishing with building tannins and superb length. – November/December 2013 (Josh Raynolds)

Wine Spectator | 92
Dark and firm, with intense blackberry, road tar, cedar and black licorice notes.  Slow to unfold, but does so in a focused, meaningful manner.  This is tough to wrestle down, but worth it.  Drink now through 2024. – April 2014 (James Laube)

Rhone Report | 94-97 (barrel sample)
The most backwards and dense of the '11s, the 2011 Syrah Block B is always a blend of 100% Syrah that comes from a single block of the estate vineyard.  Aged in roughly 55% new French oak, it delivers a crazy rich array of smoked plums, blackberry, licorice, earth, and game, and mineral to go with a full-bodied, pure, and seamlessly constructed palate.  Juicy fresh, and lively, it will benefit from short term cellaring, and have 10-12 years or more of prime drinking.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

Vinous | 91-93 (barrel sample)
The 2011 Block B (100% Syrah) emerges from the glass with layers of rich fruit that fill out its broad shouldered frame nicely. Melted road tar, licorice, smoke and black fruit are all very much alive in the glass. Today, the 2011 is naturally quite compact, brooding and massive. It will be interesting to see what the next year brings. Epoch's Block B emerges from a single parcel within Paderewski. It is Epoch's most dense, full-throttle wine. – July 2013 (Antonio Galloni)

 

2010 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Fermented in concrete tanks, French oak puncheons and one-ton bins
Aged for 22 months in 56% new French oak
314 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 96+
The 2010 Block B is a spectacular Syrah that shows exceptional aromas of licorice-infused black currants, graphite, dark chocolate, meat juice and serious minerality on the nose. Despite the overall size and intensity here, it remains incredibly fresh and delineated. Full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, this thrilling wine is textured, pure, perfectly balanced and gushes mineral and wet slate like qualities on the finish. Give bottles 2-4 years in the cellar and then drink over the following 15+ years. Drink 2015-2030.  – August 2013 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Spectator | 93
Bold, ripe, deep and fleshy, with juicy red and black fruits and floral scents, offering flavors of black licorice, spice and pomegranate. This is tightly focused and supported by rich, fine-grained tannins. The flavors sail on through the finish. Drink now through 2023. – Web Only (James Laube)

Rhone Report | 98
Even better, but made in a more fresh, elegant frame, the 2010 Block B is an absoluetly thrilling blend of 100% Syrah, aged in 82% new French oak, that comes from a single block of the estate vineyards.  Showing gorgeous purity and depth, with clean, fresh aromas of black currants, wet stone like minerality, pepper, spice, and chalk, it is full-bodied, perfectly put together, and balanced, with a blockbuster, structured finish.  My favorite of the lineup up and a complete wine, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age, and will thrill for over a decade.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Report | 96
This 100% Syrah (Clone 174) comes from a single limestone studded block of the Paderewski Vineyard - 'Block B'.  The 2010 brings intoxicating aromas of freshly crushed black fruits, cream de cassis, spices, pepper, chocolate, espresso, beautiful floral and crushed stones. Layers of intense flavors continue to develop as this becomes even more complex the longer it sits in the glass.  Remarkable for its concentration and depth, yet wonderfully balanced and focused for such a bold, powerful wine.  The fresh dark fruits, spices and chocolate notes leave a long lasting impression as the mouth-coating finish lingers.  The Syrah was aged 22 Months in French oak barrels and puncheons, 56% new, and should have no problem continuing to age in bottle for decades.  This is a stunning wine from winemaker Jordan Fiorentini and her team at Epoch. Best 2015-2030 – April 2013  (Joe D'Angelo) 

Vinous | 91
Dark cherries, plums, melted road tar, licorice and smoke literally burst from the glass in the 2010 Block B, 100% Syrah from a block within Paderewski.  Rich, full-bodied and voluptuous, the 2010 is a Paso Robles Syrah.  The broad shouldered style is all about power.  The 2012 was done half in concrete and half in oak. – July 2013 (Antonio Galloni)

 

2009 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Aged for 23 months in 43% new French oak barrels and puncheons
182 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 94
The 2009 Block B (Syrah) is a huge, explosive wine loaded with personality. Violets, flowers, mint, grilled herbs and tar add considerable lift and freshness to layers of sumptuous dark fruit.  The 2009 has an upper floral register and sweet inner perfume that is absolutely irresistible.  The wine continues to open up beautifully with time in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.   – (Antonio Galloni)

Wine Spectator | 91
Firm, tight and spicy, with a subtle earthy edge to the dried berry flavors.  Full-bodied and offering a touch of mocha, it firms and dries on the finish.  Drink now through 2022.  182 cases made.  –  (James Laube)

Rhone Report | 96
Profound stuff, the 2009 Epoch Estate Wines Syrah Block B Paderewski Vineyard, from a cooler, north-east facing slope of limestone soils, is 100% Syrah that‟s aged for 23 months in 43% new French oak barrels and puncheons.  Boasting phenomenal aromas of black and blue fruits, black pepper, licorice, grilled meats, and charcoal, this stunning Syrah is full-bodied and the most rich, decadent, and concentrated of the '09s.  Impeccably balanced, structured, and with awesome concentration, this maintains superb definition and clarity on the palate, while staying light, fresh, and very easy drinking.  Bottles should be given 2-3 years of bottle age, and then consumed over the following 12-15 years.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Cellar | 92
...Glass-staining purple.  Pungent aromas of cassis and blueberry, with slow-building smokiness and notes of dark chocolate and cracked pepper.  Rich and broad-shouldered, with densely packed dark berry and bitter cherry flavors given spine by zesty acidity. Opens slowly with air to show a sexy floral quality, which lingers on the long, sappy, smoke-accented finish. This is still a baby.  – (Josh Raynolds)

 

2008 Block B

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah | Clone 174 | 100% Block B
Aged 22 months in 55% new French oak barrels
181 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered 

Wine Advocate | 95
The 2008 Block B, from an eastern-facing rocky slope on Paderewski, emerges from the glass with a wonderfully nuanced, floral bouquet that suggests the presence of white grapes, even though it is 100% Syrah.  This is a beautifully pointed, focused wine graced with exquisite tannins and a layered, beautifully articulated finish.  It is another first-class effort.  The Block B was fermented in new French oak puncheons and spent 22 months in one-year old barrels.  Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.  – (Antonio Galloni)

Wine Spectator | 95
An extraordinary wine that serves up a gorgeous mix of dark berry fruit that's sleek, focused, intense and supple-textured.  Full-bodied, unleashing tiers of blackberry and wild berry fruit, with floral scents and an amazingly long, detailed finish.  Drink now through 2024. 181 cases made.  – (James Laube)

Rhone Report | 95
Simply a stunning, full-bore wine, the 2008 Epoch Estate Wines Syrah Block B, 100% Syrah from limestone soils, aged for 22 months in French oak (once-filled), displays blockbuster aromatics of crème de cassis and smoky blackberry fruits, underbrush, graphite, pepper, and chocolate.  While ripe and hedonistic, it stays classy and elegant, carrying full bodied power balanced by a beautifully pure, silky texture, perfect balance, and a long, rich, heady, and mineral laced finish.  This seamless, beautifully done Syrah should drink well for 8 to 10 years.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Cellar | 91
Opaque ruby.  Exotic, high-toned aromas of raspberry, blackberry, cola, violet and incense, with an intense mineral quality that gains strength with air.  Sappy, palate-staining dark fruit preserve flavors are lifted by a sexy floral pastille quality and are given snap by juicy acidity.  Pure and energetic, with excellent finishing clarity and lingering sweetness.  – (Josh Raynolds)

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