Epoch Estate Red Blend  2014 Front Label
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Epoch Estate Red Blend 2014

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750ML / 15.6% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Mouth-coating Syrah, earth-grounding Mourvèdre, fruit-driven Grenache and textural Tempranillo...this is your daily Epoch. 2014 Estate Blend shows full range of flavor – red plum, berry and surprising watermelon fruit flavors play the soprano notes while earthy, grounding elements of black olive, earth, sweet leather, brown spice and meat harmonize as baritones.

Blend: 36% Syrah, 36% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache, 6% Tempranillo

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JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
Made from 36% Syrah, 36% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache and the balance Tempranillo, fermented in concrete and aged in 31% new French oak, the 2014 Estate Blend comes from the Paderewski and Catapult Vineyard. As you’d expect with the name, it’s a perfect introduction into the wines of this estate. Notes of blackberries, toasted spice, cedar, and dried garrigue all emerge from this soft, deductive, beautifully textured red that has loads of charm and character. It’s certainly the most approachable of the 2014s, yet is going to evolve just fine given its balance and purity
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Very pointed and heavy aromas of concentrated blackberry syrup, crushed violets, wet rocks and nose-tickling dark spice show on this blend of 36% Syrah, 36% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache and 6% Tempranillo. It's big and confident on the palate with vibrant acidity, piquant fruit and an upright structure, but needs a bit more time to come into its own.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2014 Estate Blend is made up of 36% Syrah, 36% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache and 6% Tempranillo aged 18 months in 31% new French oak. Medium to deep ruby-purple, the nose gives up crème de cassis, baked blackberries, peppered meats, cardamom and sandalwood aromas with notions of candied violets, dried red cherries, dried tobacco and cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied, it’s packed with savory-laced fruits and firmly framed with just enough freshness, finishing long and nuanced. This could still use another 2-3 years in bottle.

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Epoch, which was founded in 2004, has quickly developed a big reputation for small production, hand crafted, artisanal wines with abundant personalities. The wines are made with minimal intervention in the winery with fruit from meticulously farmed, estate owned, rocky, hillside vineyards.
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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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