Estate Blend


2012 Estate Blend

Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, Paso Robles
45% Syrah | 24% Mourvèdre | 20% Grenache | 11% Tempranillo
Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, one-ton bins and ½ ton puncheons
Aged for 18 months in 44% new French oak barrels and puncheons
1,349 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 94
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. – August 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Spectator | 92
A powerful expression of dark fruit, fresh earth, herb cedar flavors. The core of dusy, loamy earth, blackberry, fresh-cut cedar and commanding tannins doesn't let up, staying powerful, deep and persistent throughout. Best from 2016 - 2027. – December 2014 (James Laube)

 

2011 Estate Blend

Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, Paso Robles
37% Syrah | 28% Grenache | 19% Mourvèdre | 10% Tempranillo | 6% Counoise
Fermented in concrete, stainless steel, puncheons and one-ton tbins (many lots were co-fermented)
Aged 17 months in 47% new French oak
1,230 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 91
Looking at the 2011s from bottle, and always a rock-solid bottle of wine and a great entry into the style here, the 2011 Estate Blend offers up plenty of ripe plum, licorice, crushed flowers and violet-like nuances as well as a medium to full-bodied, balanced profile in the mouth.  Showing the cooler vintage with its overall freshness and focus, it’s beautifully done and should drink nicely for 3-5 years.  Drink now-2018.  – August 2013(Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Report | 92
The 2011 Estate Blend is comes from the Paderewski and Catapult vineyards... It is dense and concentrated with intense aromas of black fruits, mocha, spices and licorice with hints of spring florals and some new oak. The wine boasts a full body with a gorgeous rich, velvety texture that is wonderfully balanced. The dark fruits and spices linger on the long, plush finish. Best 2015-2021. – December 2013 (Joe D'Angelo)

 

2010 Estate Blend
- Wine Spectator's 25th Top Wine in the World for 2013

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
56% Syrah | 26% Grenache | 11% Mourvèdre | 7% Tempranillo
Aged for 18 months in 52% new French oak barrels and puncheons
1,719 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Spectator | 93
Combines richeness with subtlety and finesse, weaving together fresh earth, choclate-covered espresso bean and vivid dark berry flavors with touches of hazelnut, gliiding to a long, graceful finish.   Drink now through 2022. 1,699 cases made.  –  February 28, 2013 (James Laube)

Wine Advocate | 92
As with the 2011, the 2010 Estate Blend is a perfect introduction into the wines of the estate and will compete with a number of other producer’s top wine.  A blend of 56% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre and 7% Tempranillo, it has loads of chocolaty black fruits, licorice, tar, pepper and chalky minerality to go with a great palate.  Textured, rich and drinking well beyond most estate’s entry-level offering, with serious depth and focus, it will continue to impress for 5-7 years.  Drink now-2018.  –  August 2013 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Rhone Report | 92
Their entry level blend that comes from the different plots of varieties of the property, the 2010 Estate Blend is a perfect introduction into the wines of this estate.  A blend of 56% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 11% Mouvedre, and 7% Tempranillo, it has loads of chocolaty black fruits, licorice, tar, pepper, and chalky minerality to go with a great palate.  Textured, rich, and drinking well beyond most estate's entry-level offering, with serious depth and focus, it will continue to impress for 5-7 years.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Cellar | 92
Inky purple. Spice-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by black tea, licorice and potpourri.  Juicy, incisive blackberry and boysenberry flavors are braced by zesty acidity and pick up a touch of candied violet with air.  Oak spice and floral notes emerge on the sweet, focused, gently tannic finish.  For a rich, ripe wine this is pretty suave.  – November/December 2012 (Josh Raynolds)

International Wine Report | 93
The 2010 Estate Blend from Epoch is composed of 56% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre and 7% Tempranillo from the Paderewski Vineyard.  It offers lovely aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, dark cherries, crushed pepper, spices and earthy minerals.  Dense and concentrated with a rich, plush texture and wonderful balance.  Finishes up long, with dark fruits spices and chocolate notes lingering.  The wine was aged 18 month in 52% new french oak barrels and puncheons.  This is a remarkable value and a great way to get a sneak peak at the fantastic wines coming from Epoch. Best 2014-2025 – April 2013 (Joe D'Angelo)

Vinous | 90
Epoch's 2010 Estate Blend possesses gorgeous inner tension and energy.  Dark fruit, licorice and spices flow through to the imposing finish.  The Estate Blend is one of the entry-level wines at Epoch, but it has all of the qualitites of the higher-end bottlings, and costs less.  This is a great introduction to the Epoch house style. – July 2013 (Antonio Galloni)

 

2009 Estate Blend

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
60% Syrah | 19% Grenache | 9% Tempranillo | 8% Zinfandel | 4% Mourvèdre
Aged for 23 months in 23% new French oak
1,368 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Rhone Report | 92
The estate's entry level offering, the 2009 Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend Paderewski Vineyard is the equal to a number of estate's top wine.  A field blend of 60% Syrah, 19% Grenache, 9% Tempranillo, 8% Zinfandel, and 4% Mourvédre that's aged for 23 months in French oak barrels and puncheons, 23% being new, it boast an inky, opaque color to go with deep, dense aromas of black fruits, crushed stone, licorice, earth, and peppered steak like qualities on the nose.   Certainly the most straight forward aromatically of the line-up, this doesn't lose much on the palate and delivers a full-bodied, balanced mouth feel, thrilling levels of polished fruit, and an overall fresh, straight up delicious profile.  While I think this could age, I recommend pouring big glasses and kicking back with a smile over the coming 3-5 years.  –  (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Cellar | 91
Bright purple. Intense raspberry and cherry aromas are lifted by notes of peppery spice and fresh rose. Lively and well-focused, with juicy red berry and bitter cherry flavors that stain the palate. Finishes with very good clarity and length, the cherry note repeating. I'd have guessed that there was more tempranillo in here.   – November/October 2011 (Josh Raynolds)

 

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