Tempranillo


2012 Tempranillo

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
94% Tempranillo | 6% Grenache
Fermented in stinless steel tanks and French oak puncheons
Aged for 18 months in 66% new French oak barrels and puncheons
Anticipated Release Fall 2015 | Unfined and Unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 94-96 (barrel sample)
Last of the barrel samples, the 2012 Tempranillo shows classic Tempranillo spice, cedar, baking chocolate, smoked plums and dried violet-like aromas and flavors to go with a full-bodied, tannic and savory personality on the palate. As with the 2011, I think it’s one of the top examples of the variety in California. Give it a year once released and enjoy bottles through 2022+. – August 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

2011 Tempranillo

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
92% Tempranillo | 6% Syrah | 2% Grenache
Fermented in concrete tanks and French oak puncheons
Aged for 17 months in 65% new French oak barrels and puncheons
297 Cases Produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 95
The 2011 Tempranillo offers classic black cherry, cassis, licorice, cedar and big minerality in its full-bodied, concentrated and savory style. A blend of 92% Tempranillo, 6% Syrah and 2% Grenache, it shows more ground pepper and chocolaty nuances with air, as well as a serious tannic spice that will benefit from another year in the cellar. I haven’t tasted any aged example of this cuvee, but I’d be shocked to see it not show superbly at age 10. It’s one of the top examples of this variety coming out of California. – August 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Wine Advocate | 93-96 (barrel sample)
The 2011 Tempranillo delivers superb typicity with its cedar, spice, blackberry fruit and background meatiness.  Full-bodied, savory and tannic, it has loads of potential but will require 2-3 years to round into form. Drink 2015-2021. – August 2013 (Jeb Dunnuck)

 

2010 Tempranillo
The Wine Advocate: Jeb's Best of 2013

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
92% Tempranillo | 8% Grenache
Fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, and French oak puncheons
Aged for 20 months in 82% New French Oak
268 cases produced

Wine Advocate | 96 + Jeb's Best of 2013
Possibly the top Tempranillo coming out of California, the 2010 Tempranillo (92% Tempranillo and 8% Grenache that was aged in 82% new French oak) is a serious wine that needs to be tasted to be believed.  Deep and inky purple in color, with a spectacular array of blackberry, plum, liquid mineral, chocolate and spice box, it has a full-bodied, serious feel on the palate, with superb mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and ripe, yet chewy and savory tannin that frame the finish beautifully.  Given the fruit and texture, it is no doubt a superb drink now, yet it really deserves 2-3 years of bottle age and has a solid 10-15 year drink window. Impressive all around and worth the effort to seek out! Drink 2015-2025.  – August 2013 (Jeb Dunnuck)

Rhone Report | 96
Possibly the top Tempranillo coming out of California, the 2010 Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo Paderewski Vineyard (92% Tempranillo and 8% Grenache that was aged in 82% new French oak) is a serious wine that needs to be tasted to be believed.  Deep and inky purple in color, with a spectacular array of blackberry, plum, liquid mineral, chocolate, and spice-box, it has full bodied serious feel on the palate, with superb mid-palate depth, integrated acidity, and ripe, yet chewy and savory tannin that frame the finish beautifully.  Given the fruit and texture, it is no doubt a superb drink now, yet it really deserves 2-3 years of bottle age, and has a solid 10-15 years drink window.  Impressive all around and worth the effort to seek out!  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Report | 94
The 2010 Epoch Tempranillo is a monster of a wine; powerful, dense and concentrated with intense aromas and flavors of dark fruits and crème de cassis layered in chocolate, spices, pepper, espresso and hints of licorice.  This demonstrates excellent structure and balance, ending in a long mouth coating finish laced with dark fruits and spices that carry on and on.  This is drinking fantastic right now, but also shows the potential to age; best 2014-2030  – December 2013 (Joe D'Angelo)

Vinous | 92
Epoch's 2010 Tempranillo is fascinating. An exotic mélange of orange peel, smoke, pomegranate and iron flow across the palate in a powerful and distinctive wine loaded with personality.  It will be interesting to see if the 2010 develops further nuances in bottle.  Today, it is a decidedly powerful interpretation. – July 2013 (Antonio Galloni)

 

2009 Tempranillo

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Tempranillo
Aged for 23 months in 75% new French oak barrels and puncheons
447 cases produced

Rhone Report | 95
A real Wow wine, the 2009 Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo Paderewski Vineyard, 100% Tempranillo that was aged for 23 months in 75% new French oak, sports knockout aromatics of black cherry and blackberry fruit, graphite, cedar, dried earth, and thrilling levels of spice and meaty characteristics on the nose.  This full-bodied, perfectly put together wine has a firm, focused texture, awesome tannin structure, good acidity, and a very long, focused finish. Gorgeous stuff and while the lack of a track record has me backing off the upper end of the drink window, I don't see any reason this won't age for 12-15 years or more.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Report | 94 + #13 Wine of the Year for 2012
Epoch has quickly developed a reputation for small production, hand crafted, wines with abundant personalities.  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. I t's very exciting to see a Tempranillo of this quality coming out of Paso Robles and really hope to see lots more very soon. (Best 2015-2025) - November, 2012 – (Joe D'Anagelo)

 

2008 Tempranillo

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Tempranillo
Aged 22 months in French oak barrels (once-filled)
322 cases produced

Wine Advocate | 93
The 2008 Tempranillo emerges from the glass with sweet red cherries, flowers and spices, all supported by impeccable, silky tannins.  This shows plenty of varietal character, but with the added of volume and breadth of Paderewski, a warm vineyard site.  The Tempranillo was fermented in 500 liter barrels.  Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016.  – (Antonio Galloni)

Wine Spectator | 91
Undeniably smoky and woody, this nonetheless delivers a firm, rich, intense, focused beam of dark berries and tobacco that weaves in melted red and black licorice, giving this a distinctive, potent flavor profile.  Drink now through 2021.  322 cases made.  – (James Laube)

Rhone Report | 93
Much more ripe and open than the ‟09, the 2008 Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo Paderewski Vineyard is loaded with ripe cherry and blackberry liqueur characteristics that are balanced by spice, crushed flowers, white chocolate, and saddle leather aromas and flavors.  Full-bodied and gorgeously textured, with ripe fruit, a voluptuous profile, and solid length, this is drinking well, yet holds up over multiple days and should continue to shine for another 5-8 years or more.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

International Wine Cellar | 90
Bright ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied cherry, black raspberry, rose oil and pungent herbs.  Sweet, expansive and deep in red and dark berry flavors, with a lively mineral quality adding lift.  Very suave, with silky tannins lending shape to a long, red fruit-driven finish.  This is a very successful version of the variety, which is a rarity outside Spain.  – (Josh Raynolds)

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