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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 38 
ProducerEpoch Estate Wines (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationEstate Blend
VineyardPaderewski Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2017 (based on 17 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Epoch Estate Wines Epoch Red Paderewski Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 138 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by millerarner on 10/27/2015 & rated 91 points: Give this one plenty of time to open and it'll reward you. (837 views)
 Tasted by plechazunga on 10/24/2015: Popped and poured. Very closed down for the first 30 minutes. It opened up slowly there were dark fruit notes blueberry, bright plum but also a lot of green, brambly notes. The finish is still a bit hard and earthy/dusty. It opened slowly over two hours, and the fruit bloomed and the harshness of the tannins receded. The green/dusty tinge remained.

I am bewildered by this wine, the tannin structure suggests to continue to wait. On the other hand, I can't tell where this is going. (706 views)
 Tasted by Corrie on 10/19/2015 & rated 91 points: Very Good (533 views)
 Tasted by VoVo on 8/23/2015 & rated 94 points: Showing very well. Tannins present but not overwhelming. Each element -- Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Tempranillo identifiable in the blend but well integrated. Big, but balanced with enough acidity to stand up to the abundant fruit. Not over-oaked as are so many wines. My only regret is this is my last bottle and I won't get to find out how it develops in the future. (977 views)
 Tasted by mhewitt on 8/9/2015 & rated 94 points: Still just a fantastic wine. Starting to lose some of its baby fat. (921 views)
 Tasted by VAD on 5/30/2015 & rated 94 points: Brought this to a wine tasting party with 8 other high quality great wines. This wine was talked about as being one of the top 2. Great balance and finish. Excellent! (1015 views)
 Tasted by coreywb on 4/6/2015 & rated 88 points: No decanting. Pretty violet color. Limited nose of dark fruit and earth. Medium body. Big, firm tannins overwhelm the fruit. Seems out of balance for me. Not sure waiting for tannins to smooth out will help. Finish definitely didn't make me want more. Maybe my expectations were too high since I've enjoyed so many wines from Epoch. Did get better in the glass as the night moved on. This was a decent wine but not anything I'd recommend to a friend. (1274 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 2/19/2015 & rated 92 points: consistent with notes of 8/27/2014 (1396 views)
 Tasted by Redguy on 2/13/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted 2 hrs. So fine and well balanced. Glass staining and mouthcoating for sure but this is more a dancer than a puncher. No need to wait as this is ready now, though will hold a few years. Delicious. (1158 views)
 Tasted by ELH on 2/8/2015 & rated 94 points: Intriguing blend (56% Syrah 26% Grenache 11% Mourvedre 7% Tempranillo) that evolved in the glass. Integrated fruit but each varietal spoke up at different moments. At the end, it had almost a port-like quality. A very fine Epoch. Good QPR. (1219 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 2/6/2015 & rated 95 points: From a Coravined bottle and a tasting pour so basically a PNP assessment.
Bright ruby red. Lovely nose of spicy red raspberry, cherry cola and has lots of red fruits, spiciness, and tannins that holds it together well. Still young and vibrant. Rich and complex. Terrific. (1066 views)
 Tasted by millerarner on 1/16/2015: Used the Coravin to try a glass. This is still very young & hot. The initial nose was pure fruit (other than the strong alcohol). A bit unbalanced with a tart medicinal finish. Has the "cherry cough syrup" feel that Grenache can often have, even though this has only 26%. After 3+ hours in glass, and lots of swirling, it finally opened to reveal the cocoa nib/chocolate note that Andrew mentioned, which was great. Finally softened as well, but to me this needs a lot more cellar time or a very long decant. (1026 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 1/15/2015 & rated 96 points: Coravin #2 - consistant with last go around. More of a cocoa nib/chocolate nuance going on this time. Still enamored. (901 views)
 Tasted by pme on 1/9/2015 & rated 92 points: Just a fabulous wine drinking beautifully right now...very impressive (820 views)
 Tasted by PinotPaul on 12/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Wonderfully deep and complex. Drinking very well. (729 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 12/24/2014 & rated 96 points: Coravin # 1 - wow. Side by side vs an '05 Saxum Booker and this was drinking even better. Licorice, chocolate, and raspberry. Classic Paso. Smitten. Will be buying more Epoch in the future. High glycerin. Decent tannins left. Young. (804 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 12/14/2014 & rated 92 points: WIML92

Tasted non blind.

Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of pepper, plum, berries and currants. Flavors of plums, currants and berries. Medium acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold. (1092 views)
 Tasted by UofM on 11/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Didn't enjoy this as much as previous bottles. The fruit didn't integrate as much as expected. Not as complex as I would have hoped. Still a good wine; notes of licorice and red fruits. Just good, nothing more. (981 views)
 Tasted by signotim on 11/10/2014 & rated 90 points: toasty oak, licorice, and blue fruit on the nose. dense blueberry fruit with good depth on the palate with more toasty, spicy oak. Medium finish with jammy fruit lingering. Very nice wine even though oak shows a little heavy. (1108 views)
 Tasted by uncle al on 11/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Very well balanced and smooth. Good fruit with a fine finish. An excellent wine at a reasonable price. (1041 views)
 Tasted by wineforrest on 11/7/2014 & rated 90 points: dark, lush (1057 views)
 Tasted by PinotPaul on 10/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Wonderful. Good balance with mild flavors. Smooth. (1204 views)
 Tasted by brouigu1 on 10/5/2014 & rated 86 points: Not liking this as much as I did the first bottle a year ago.

Decanted for an hour. Dark purple and limited clarity. Big nose of black fruits, spice and grainy leather.

Medium to heavy body and big fruit and leather on the palate. This was too much of a fruit bomb for me and I found it distracting.

Good tannin structure so this has the bones to go for a while longer but I am not convinced that age will lessen the fruit forward explosion on this wine.

I do have 1 more bottle so we will see if my prediction pans out. But if I am wrong I still win... no wonder I love wine so much. (1157 views)
 Tasted by UofM on 9/21/2014 & rated 89 points: big fan of Epoch wines, but didn't see the hype or ranking in WS behind this vintage. Have one more in the cellar, may keep for another year and see what happens. (1106 views)
 Tasted by jcbrand on 9/7/2014 & rated 90 points: Hot (1196 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Paso Robles and Beyond: Excellence in 2011 (Jul 2013)
(Epoch Estate Blend Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #14 (12/18/2012)
(Epoch Estate Wines Epoch Estate Blend Paderewski Vineyard) Login and sign up and see review text.   92 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165
(Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012)
(Epoch Estate Blend Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
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Epoch Estate Wines

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Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


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Paso Robles

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