2008 Epoch Estate Wines Syrah Block B Paderewski Vineyard


  • USA
  • > California
  • > Central Coast
  • > Paso Robles
Drink between 2013 - 2020
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Community Tasting Notes 14

  • peternelson wrote: (93 points)

    October 4, 2014 - Violets, floral aromatics, with licorice, anise, tar; very rich, huge actually, viscous with high alc. (16.4%). Brambly blackberry notes with light pepper. Stunning wine, complex, even though a monster. Age doing this wine righteous.

  • rcg62 Likes this wine: (93 points)

    August 2, 2014 - From magnum. Deep red color, looks youthful. Pretty strong nose of raspberry. Palate has dark berry, some gamey dark stuff going on. Great expression of Syrah. Young. Easily drinking to 2020.
    N.B. after posting the above I read others' notes. For what it's worth, I had no idea the alcohol was >16%. Well balanced in my view.

  • tp096255 Likes this wine: (93 points)

    April 1, 2014 - No official note, but my experience was similar to Wineberg's below. Good stuff, not the best ever, but solid. Stacy enjoyed it. I seem to enjoy the Epoch blends more than anything else.
    Value: 6.0

  • mrmedoes wrote: (91 points)

    March 16, 2014 - I now see how this wine is polarizing. It is big and nearly syrupy, but there's no doubt that the grapes and winemaking are solid, so it becomes a matter of taste. For me, this is "prototypical Paso," which is a shame, as so much of Paso has realized that it has much more to offer. Had this have been cofermented with Viognier or similar, it could've been awesome as it needs a "cutter," which is probably why I prefer/love the '08 Epoch blends. As such, it is a syrah that virtually anyone could ID as syrah. I'm not certain that 4-5 years will change anything, or that any more will cause further integration or make it worth the wait.

  • STM82 wrote: (92 points)

    December 30, 2013 - Let me start off by saying that I REALLY wanted to like this as much as I remembered when visiting the tasting room. It is super dark purple, and lavendar colored. Very extracted with unctious full bodied texture which is flirting with the "syrupy" line. Nose of sweet stewed berries, fig compote, and wet earth. Ripe on the nose, and the palate was super ripe for a syrah. If tasted blind, I might have thought it was a jammy zin! I really love Epoch wines, but this was just over the top extracted and jammy. It lacked any finesse and was almost like a cocktail. Seriously though, I can respect, and even enjoy, the higher alcohol wines, but 16.4% was a bit much. Although I have to say there was no alcohoal burn... It was a well made wine in terms of structure, composure, and depth. Just too ripe for me... Or maybe my preferences are changing?

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    California in the spotlight!, Issue #6, 11/30/2010 (link) 95 points

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2010, Issue #153 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    The Rhone Rangers of California, Issue #2, 1/11/2009 (link) (94-96) points

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Epoch Estate Wines
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Block B
  • Vineyard Paderewski Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (2%)
  • In Cellars 192 (66%)
  • Consumed 90 (31%)

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