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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my last bottle, and while I love this winery and their wines, this one has always been a bit disjointed, acidic l, and hot. It is okay, but does not suggest longevity or improvement with age. I have to take it down a notch from my past reviews. If you are new to Epoch, and this is your first experience, I wound say other labels and other vintages have been much better than this one.
Now THIS is what I'm talking about. A $40 bottle of wine that get's me excited and has WOW factor. Excellent QPR. Decanted 3 hours before a meal of homemade crab cakes.
Deep purple color, Wonderful GSM nose, and still tannic after 3 hours. This wine is too young (for me) at this point to drink. I will give it al least another 6 months to a year. I'm buying more of this wine based on this bottle because it's excellent.
I drink lots of Paso GSM and this is NOT a finesse wine (at this point). It is an "in your face" extracted GSM. Ripe style, heavy mouth feel and wonderful layering of flavors. This is right up there with all of the best GSM's from Paso I have tasted, Thacher, Villa Creek, Daou, Denner, Halter Ranch, Tablas Creek etc. I haven't tasted Saxum yet but it would be hard for me that it is 3 times better (based on price) than this wine. At $40..this is a NO BRAINER !!
--- COLOR: Opaque purple with medium purple rim NOTE: This is like a great Saxum, full of voluptuous black fruit liqueur, chocolate, espresso and a little "fur". Unbelievable that this is their entry-level wine and it's half the price of any Saxum wine. Great QPR at $40 in this vintage. The alcohol is high at 16.1 so it will struggle with some food but it's a great wine just to indulge in. It's pretty sexy stuff and totally blows away the 2009 which I enjoyed very much. I'm really close to picking up more bottles if I can find room in the cellar...
DECANT: 1 hour GLASS USED: Bordeaux TASTE: 9.4- COST: 40 VALUE: 8.9 TRY AGAIN: now-2018 PAIRING: probably beef or burgers Inquiries can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org ---
Grips the glass like oil. Good color, deep red and a boost of sugar and alcohol - tannin grip. Long finish but mostly alcohol. Mix of old red grape skin, black licorice. Don't let it open it falls out.
Decanted 8 hours prior to tasting. Initial impression of mocha java turning to licorice surrounding blue to black fruits. Rich, supple, and in perfect balance, this is the best it has tasted, perhaps due to the length of decant. Very nice.
POP, Very nice. I'm a bit surprised that everyone is talking about the heat from the alcohol, this is about as smooth of an Epoch wine as I have tasted. Typical Cali fruit forward which I happen to like, cherries, raisin with a little spice. Could maybe use a little more body but very enjoyable. At $40 dollars I think this was a very good value, no complaints from me on the QPR.
Aromas of blackberry jam, brambly earth & spice, and hints of gamey savory notes. Ultra concentrated and rich, with notes of espresso, ripe black fruit, and hints of earth and spice. Round polished tannins and plenty of long ripe fruit notes and a little heat on the finish. A bombastic wine.
Very tasty wine, even better the second night. Juicy and succulent, nice cabernet aroma and flavor, very round and approachable with tannin in the background. Only problem is...there are wines I'd like just as much (or even prefer) for half the price! Why are so few tasting notes mentioning price-quality comparisons? Ric
Decanted 1 hour. Clearly needs more time. Alcohol really strong here right out of the gate and took a while to wear off (didn't completely). This one didn't come together as much as other Epoch's and was a bit one dimensional to me - not in a good way. Heat, chocolate, dark fruit, some spice.
In an entirely different place than 7 months ago, and its a very good place. Learning that the Estate Blend needs time in bottle to integrate and shed the heavy alc feel. Very nice effort. Consistent from sight, smell and taste. Too bad it's my last of the vintage. Well, at least the new vintage is here!
PnP as part of a do nothing night at the start of a weekend. Great value...A dark brooding wine with excellent depth of flavor. Dark berries, mocha on the mid palate. Long finish. Another epic from Epoch!
Consumed over 4 nights with stops in the vacuum bar in between. Deep rich masculine wine. Lush ripe fruits with a pronounced chocolate overlay and some earthy aspects. Plush texture. Not much evolution over the 4 nights... basically a chocolate covered fruit smoothie. Delicious, though may be a bit limited if pairing with food.
tar and tobacco nose, fronted by blackberry tones. Blackberry, dark cherry, and orange rind flavors are balanced with some drying herb tones. The flavors are a little ripe and the 16.1% alc shows a bit more than I would like, but this a matter of degrees, and I would consider these minor issues.
Decanted 1 hour and drank over another 1. Very nice representation of this style. Great nose, grenache came through. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee. A bit of heat at the end but to be expected this young, otherwise great balance
Never really came around for me. Maybe just needs more time. Experience was unlike prior tastings. Great purple color. Muted nose. Alc on finish is worst part. Will give other bottles more time.
Update to TN. Had a glass leftover on day 3. Wine seemed to integrate a bit more. Alc burn on finish had almost dissipated. Still a little left, but more tolerable. Next bottle definitely needs a lot of time to integrate. Maybe 5+ hour decant will help.
This wine is big and chewy. as well as nice and smooth. I wish I was elegant enough to share all of the different things that was in this bottle it was down right enjoyable and educational. I read a review about it was not good high content. Make sure you serve this cellar temperature to get the flavors. I thing this was ready to drink now. it was a blast.
I do not understand why people review this wine positively. It is hot alcoholic mess with no structure to support over extracted fruit. As big as fruit is, burning sensation in the back of the palate dominates profile. It did not get better over three days and I do not see how it would be better with aging. I guess I should have known better when I saw 16.1% alcohol.
Dark purple and completely opaque. Very pronounced jammy black fruit and cassis nose. Very concentrated fruit, hint of bitterness back of the tongue after 10 seconds. Mouth-coating. High alcohol, a bit out of balance. Very long aftertaste, still some bitterness. This is somewhat awkward and may come together with time, but I'm reserving judgment.
Splash decanted at Buona Tavola and paired with grilled flat iron steak. Great wine. Lush waves of warm boysenberry cream with cocoa and leather caress and envelop the palate. Its easy going, generous, mouthcoating presense was loved by all. A comfortable wine to be sure. Outstanding "entry level" cuvee from Epoch and to my palate better than their '09. A lot of wine for the money. 91-92
A point better than last tasting. Heat on finish a little less noticeable. Opened up earlier and smooth mouthfeel. Deep dark fruit colors, medium nose and medium plus finish. This is just going to get better. Holding remaining bottles for now.
A nose of blueberry and dark cherry. Flavors of dark berry, chocolate and a bit of espresso bitterness on the finish. Long finish. The structured tannins suggest this can sit a while. A touch hot, had me looking up the alcohol content. Nice.
4-hour decant consumed over 4 hours. surprisingly reticent nose, with some warm spice cake, some vegetal red fruit, and toasty oak. a tasty red and black fruit filled palate. a decent if short finish that was tasty but uninspiring. the last hour or so turned into maraschino cherries. it was good, but for $40 I don't see the QPR. if scoring 88-90.
Popped and poured, drank over 2 nights. Dark garnet hue. Black cherries on the nose, with a touch of pencil lead. Big red fruit on the palate, with a lush mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit of heat, but overall, plenty tasty.
OMG....this is Epoch's low end wine????? Opened about 1 hour b/4 pouring. HUGE legs....what do you expect when alc is 16.1? Gotta admit, I love Cali wines! Wonderful nose of cherries, raspberries and some chocolate. Big condensed wine with raspberries, cherries, chocolate on palate....Beautifully balanced, even this early. Someone mentioned that it needs years yet...We don't have a whole bunch of years left. Thankfully it is really (REALLY) enjoyable now! We're trying to decide which wine clubs from Paso to keep and which to discard (space is becoming a problem). Epoch is absolutely a keeper!
Bottle opened 8 hrs. Full body with soft and fleshy plums and boysenberries, saddle leather, and a complimentary chocolate overlay. Sweet, but reasonably so. Enough structure to keep it within the lines but overall impression is generous and assessable. Should clean up with some additional cellaring. A well made and delicious fruit ball of a wine that offers some intrigue and room for growth. Good QPR
Early sacrifice. Drank over two days thanks to notes from @mootsie. Similar experience. Day 1 showed too much heat on finish. Day 2 much more integrated with very small traces of heat. This is a dense, concentrated wine. Great color of dark purple fruit. Nose was a bit muted at first. Smooth mid palate. Nice finish. Definitely has a nice life ahead.