Tasting at Epoch Wines

At the Winery - Outside of Templeton, CA

Tasted April 11, 2015 by jonahfactor with 212 views


This was a new winery to us, recommended by the folks at Linne Calodo. All of the wines were superb, a treat for those of us who love blends from this area. Probably the most surprising flight of winesI've tasted in a year. Great precision, in spite of the fruit-forward nature of these wines. And balanced to make them food friendly. A winery to watch. Off the beaten path, but definitely worth seeking out.

Flight 1 (4 notes)

2013 Epoch Estate Wines Rosé USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
A wonderful -- and surprising -- balance between sweet and savory, buttressed by balanced acidity. Likely the best necklace I've ever seen on a rose'. Minerals in the bouquet, with more minerals on the palate joined by citrus, peach pith, melon and lemon zest. Brilliantly done!
2013 Epoch Estate Wines White Wine USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Straw colored with unbelievably viscous legs. Not giving up much in the nose. Hits the palate very sweet, but quickly recovers its balance. Lemon with quince, pineapple and some zesty nutty elements. Crisp (the grenache blanc), creamy (the roussanne) and complete (the entire package). Wonderful.
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2012 Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Best of tasting -- head and shoulders above anything we tasted in Paso Robles that weekend. A Syrah/Mourvedre/Grenache/Tempranillo blend that pushes all the right buttons. As with all of the other Epoch wines in this tasting, this was beautifully balanced. Purple/red with beautiful church windows in the glass and rich texture on the palate. A still-reticent nose, but quickly bombards the palate with a fruit stand of black, red and blue fruits -- blackberries, currants, blueberries -- backed up by wickedly good spice. A finish that lasted all the way back to the hotel. Very precise. With time in the glass it picked up burnished leather, autumn leaves and mulch, and it sweetens a bit. Let this sit in the glass for a while (or decant). Or wait at least until 2017 to uncork the next bottle.
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2011 Epoch Estate Wines Ingenuity USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
A Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre/Petite Syrah blend that shows almost black in the glass with dripping legs. Slams into the palate like a freight train but with ballet slippers that keep things in check. Spicy cranberry, boysenberry, kirsch and ripe peach notes. A full, yet refreshing, finish that reveals some cinnamon and licorice.
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