Sensibility


2012 Sensibility

Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards, Paso Robles
100% Grenache
Fermented in concrete tanks
Aged for 12 months in a concrete egg and 4 months in neutral French oak puncheons
274 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 92
The 2012 Sensibility, 100% Grenache, is a layered, seamless effort that straddles the spectrum between the voluptuous, decadent style and the more finesse-driven, lighter weight example of the variety that California prefers to make. Showing an evolved, spice-laced bouquet of sweet kirsch, herbs de Provence, dusty soil, graphite and potpourri, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a core of sweet fruit, and a savory, slightly rustic tannin profile that continues to sweeten up with time in the glass. It drinks beautifully now with a decant, yet will evolve gracefully for another 7-8 years. – August 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Spectator | 91
Firm and dense, with a rich core of black licorice-laced berry and dusty, cedary oak. Taut, gripping tannins give the flavors traction, leaving gravelly, road tar-inflected sensation. Drink now thorugh 2028. – December 2014 (James Laube)

 

2011 Sensibility

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
95% Grenache (Alban Clone 1) | 5% Syrah
Fermented in 100% concrete
Aged 16 months in 100% neutral puncheons
100 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 93
The 2011 Sensibility is pretty and elegant, with savory spice, underbrush and raspberry-styled aromas and flavors flowing to a medium to full-bodied, lively palate.  Rounded and supple, with beautiful fruit and texture, it won’t make old bones but will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming 5-6 years.  Drink now - 2019.  – August 2013 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Spectator | 92
A rich, potent wine that combines power with finesse, featuring juicy wild berry, raspberry, spice and black licorice notes complemented by hints of fresh earth and dried herb.  Gains depth and length, maintaining a graceful balance.  Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2024. – January 31, 2014 (James Laube)

International Wine Cellar | 92
Deep ruby.  Heady aromas of blueberry and cherry compote, with notes of spicecake and lavender adding complexity.  Lush, deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show very good vivacity and power, with a spicy quality building on the back end.  A suave marriage of richness and elegance, finishing with echoes of floral pastilles and soft tannins. – November/December 2013 (Josh Raynolds)

Rhone Report | 92-94 (barrel sample)
More Grenache dominated than the 2010 and a rough blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, fermented all in concrete and aged completely in neutral oak, the 2010 Sensibility has a decidedly old-world feel with copious mineral-drench strawberry and berry fruit, licorice, ground pepper, and underbrush.  Medium to full-bodied, clean and well structured on the palate, yet with an elegant, pretty feel, it should be approachable on release, yet evolve gracefully as well. Beautifully done.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

2010 Sensibility

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
75% Grenache | 22% Mourvèdre | 3% Syrah
Aged for 18 months in a once-used French oak puncheon
87 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 95
A gorgeous wine and one of my favorite Grenache blends coming out of California today, the 2010 Sensibility (named after the Jane Austen novel “Sense and Sensibility”) is a blend of 75% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre and 3% Syrah that was aged all in neutral puncheons.  It offers a perfumed, sweet array of creamy black raspberry, licorice, spiced meat and big minerality to go with a full-bodied, seamless and beautifully textured mouth feel. Building in richness and depth over the evening and possessing an elegant, pure character, it should thrill for 5-7 years, possibly longer.  Drink now-2020.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Spectator | 94
Layers of ripe dark red fruit followed by more exotic notes of orange peel and sweet spices flow from the 2010 Sensibility.  This decidedly more flashy style, partly becuase of the aging in relatively new French oak puncheons.  With time in the glass, the wine shows off striking inner perfume and serious density.  Anticipated maturity: 2013 - 2016. – (James Laube)

Rhone Report | 95
A gorgeous wine and one of the top Grenache blends coming out of California today, the 2010 Epoch Estate Wines Sensibility Paderewski Vineyard  -  named after the Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility  -  is a blend of 75% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, and 3% Syrah that was aged all in neutral puncheons.  It offers a perfumed, sweet array of creamy black raspberry, licorice, spiced meat, and big minerality to go with a full-bodied, seamless, and beautiful textured mouth feel.  Building in richness and depth over the evening and possessing an elegant, pure character, it should thrill for 5-8 years, possibly longer.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

Vinous | 93
Layers of ripe dark red fruit followed by more exotic notes of orange peel and sweet spices flow from the 2010 Sensibility.  This is a decidedly more flashy style, partly because of the aging in relatively new French oak puncheons.  With time in the glass, the wine shows off striking inner perfume and serious density. – August 2012 (Antonio Galloni)

International Wine Cellar | 92
Opaque ruby.  Spice accented red currant, cherry, cassis and pipe tobacco on the intensely perfumed nose, with a floral nuance emerging with air.  Sweet red berry and cherry compote flavors offer excellent depth as well as vivacity, with fine-grained tannins and firm acidity lending cut and shape.  Smoky cherry and bitter choclate nuances carry through the long, chewy finish, which features youthfully firm tannins and a hint of white pepper. Definitely give this wine some bottle age.  – (Josh Raynolds)

 

2009 Sensibility

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
75% Grenache | 21% Mourvèdre | 4% Syrah
Aged in 23 months in 30% new French oak
288 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 91
The Grenache-based 2009 Sensibility is quite powerful at first, but then loses some of its complexity on the mid-palate and finish. Dark red cherries, herbs and spices are some of the notes that are found in the glass. The 2009 is 75% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre and 4% Syrah. It is ideally enjoyed over the next 2-3 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014. – (Antonio Galloni)

Rhone Report | 93
Elegant, seamless and made with the goal of highlighting the more feminine side to Paso Robles, the 2009 Sensibility is a blend of 75% Grenache, 21% Mourvèdre, and 4% Syrah that‟s aged for 23 months in French oak barrels and puncheons, 30% being new.  Opaque, yet with some lightening at the rim, this Châteauneuf-du-Pape look alike boasts classy aromas of blackberry, smoked cherries, dried spice, licorice, and leather on the nose.  More suave and deep than upfront and overt, this unwinds with air and possesses a medium to full-bodied, silky texture, perfectly ripe fruit, and a serious finish that builds through the mid-palate and highlights ripe, fine tannin.  Absolutely delicious and just a joy to drink, this should continue to impress for another 5-8 years, if not longer.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Cellar | 91
Bright violet.  An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes red berries, gingerbread and fresh rose.  Smooth and seamless on the palate, with intense raspberry and cherry flavors perked up by clove and cracked pepper. Sweet and focused on the finish, with the red fruit note repeating.  – (Josh Raynolds)

Cart 0 items: $0.00

Close

Qty Item Description Price Total
  Subtotal $0.00

View Cart

 
Your Account  |  Login
Epoch Facebook Epoch Twitter