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Epoch Red Blend Estate Willow Creek District Paso Robles 2019  - First Bottle


97 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2019 Estate Blend is comprised of 51% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 7% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano, 3% Carignan and 2% Zinfandel, matured for 19 months in 31% new French oak. Opaque ruby-purple, tones of tar, cigar ash and graphite give way over time to blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry preserves, prosciutto and violet. Full-bodied, ripe and concentrated, it offers pixelated tannins, seamless acidity and a youthfully coiled finish. It deserves 3-5+ years in the cellar to unwind.
97 Wine Enthusiast -
This blend of 51% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 7% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano, 3% Carignan and 2% Zinfandel shows how a sum can be much greater than its parts. Deep, dark and hearty aromas of boysenberry jam, woodspice, mocha and loam lead into an extremely textural palate that's creamy yet tense with tannins. Suave cocoa, berry and graham cracker flavors ride an energized acidity.
97 Vinous -
Dusty rose and raspberry notes combine with licorice and white pepper nuances as the 2019 Estate Blend blossoms in the glass. It’s softly textured with brisk minerality. A chalky tannin coasting frames tart wild berry fruits. It finishes grippy and long with cooling mineral tones and red inner florals that echo throughout. This dark and radiant beauty blends 51% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 7% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano, 3% Carignan and 2% Zinfandel.
95 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2019 Estate Blend checks in as 51% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 7% Tempranillo, and the rest Graciano, Carignan, and Zinfandel. It has a beautiful bouquet of ripe blue fruits as well as ground pepper, violets, and sappy herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a terrific sense of elegance, ripe tannins, and a seamless, compelling mouthfeel that makes it a joy to drink. Count me in as a big fan. It should evolve nicely for at least 7-8 years, although there's no need to delay gratification.

Technical Details

  • Blend51% Syrah, 17% MourvEdre, 14% Grenache, 7% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano, 3% Carignan, 2% Zinfandel
  • WinemakerJordan Fiorentini
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationWillow Creek District
  • Alcohol15.1%

Epoch Red Blend Estate Willow Creek District Paso Robles 2019

Red Blends  |  US
WA97, WE97, VN97, JD95

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Epoch is one of the newer great estates that is making some serious waves out in Paso Robles. With top scores and a truly historic pedigree – this is certainly a winery to watch from the Central Coast. Triple 97 points under $60 means this will fly – we got just over 10 grab some bottles for your cellar today!

Liz and Bill Armstrong purchased the Paderewski vineyard back in 2004 – a historic vineyard planted and owned by world-famous concert pianist (and Poland’s first prime minister) Ignacy Jan Paderewski. In 2008, they added Catapult vineyard, next to Paso legends like Booker and L’Aventure. A few years later, they added on another historical property, with their purchase of the old Ascension Winery – the Central Coast’s first-ever bonded winery – now known as York Mountain. That facility had been foreclosed and condemned, thanks to the San Simeon earthquake in 2003, but the Amstrongs have restored the property and now make their wines here. With vineyards secured, and a facility rebuilt...Epoch is on the rise.

And this 2019 blend seals the deal – this is a Paso Red that any Cali-collector should seek out. 51% syrah, 17% mourvèdre, 14% grenache, 7% tempranillo, 6% graciano, 3% carignan, 2% zinfandel. Born in the Rhone, with a unique California cowboy twist – this wine breaks all the rules without ever being disrespectful to tradition. Deeply rich, epically spiced, and profoundly layered – this is as complex as the best of Paso Robles, with an entrancing entry of rose petals and violets, with dusty, earthy spices and minerals, and a vast and juicy core of berry fruits...blueberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and even some plums and tasty wild roots like fennel and burdock. They're a cola sensation that isn’t overly sappy or heavy and a brightness that uplifts the wine’s heady richness. Balance is the key and this hits all the marks for that level of precision and elegance. A great, great effort of a wine, and one worth savoring! While it lasts, of course!

PAIRING IDEAS: Chili – but go Texas-style here… no beans! Plenty of spice, lots of roasted peppers, tomatoes, and all the fixins’...but keep those beans away!

About the Producer

Founded in 2004 by geologists Bill and Liz Armstrong, Epoch emerges as an ultra-premium wine producer specializing in Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varietals cultivated on their three west Paso Robles estate vineyards—Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain. The highly-rated wines, carefully curated by winemaker Jordan Fiorentini, are a testament to their commitment to organic and biodynamic practices. The Winery and Tasting Room are situated at the historic York Mountain property, off of 46 West, once housing one of the earliest bonded wineries on the Central Coast. Paderewski Vineyard, under their care, holds historical significance, having been owned and cherished by Polish Prime Minister and famed pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, in the early 1900s. As stewards of these vital Paso Robles landmarks, Epoch prioritizes both the land and the legacies they embody, crafting quality wines for the next generation of Epoch enthusiasts. They feel a daily sense of awe for being fortunate enough to call this idyllic sanctuary their home. Nestled among Eucalyptus and Redwood trees, the property exudes a distinct magic. In 2016, the much-anticipated restoration of the old York Mountain Winery was completed, culminating in their new Tasting Room. Utilizing original winery elements like bricks and beams wherever possible, they eagerly invite everyone to experience and embrace the rich history of their abode.