Epoch Estate Wines Ingenuity Red Rhone Blend 2013

$69.99

95 points - limited                                      Epoch Winery is a phenomenal new label from Paso Robles.  Justin Smith of SAXUM is the winemaker - not to be missed while still available. 96 Points Robert Parker:  "The GSM blend from the estate is the 2013 Ingenuity Proprietary Red, which in 2013 is 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 16% Grenache and the balance Petite Sirah. It saw a touch of whole clusters in the fermentation and like the other 2013s here, spent 17 months in roughly 50% new French oak. This downright sexy, full-bodied and sweetly fruited beauty offers tons of black raspberry, plums, incense and peppery aromas and flavors, gorgeous tannin quality and a long, classy finish that keeps you coming back to the glass...Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini is making the most of her new winery on York Mountain, and her 2013s and 2014s are up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. In addition to the new releases, I was also able to do a small retrospective of her Tempranillo." The proprietors of Epoch, the Armstrong family, have overseen the rebirth of a historic vineyard once owned by the philanthropist and musician, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. This site was dedicated to Zinfandel in the early 1900s. Prohibition put an end to that, but that vineyard is now one of three estate vineyards comprising this 95-acre project. One part of Epoch is near Peachy Canyon, a big chunk of it sits next to the Booker Vineyard, and the rest is on York Mountain. The ambition of the Armstrongs is to produce 100% estate wines, and of the 95 acres, 60 are planted with southern Rhone varietals, and the rest with Tempranillo. Saxum’s Justin Smith, who serves as a consultant, told me that he thinks the micro-climate is slightly warmer than his James Berry vineyard. The first releases, which I tasted, are exceptional, so this looks to be a promising new venture.

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Trader Delectable Pro

This stuff was absolutely amazing. Like, a baby SQN, and not near the price. Certified organic, and owned by two Dallas natives! A blend of 2 great vineyards: Paderewksi (which is used in some of the Saxum wines), and Catapult. 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 16% Grenache, 9% Petit Sirah.

This stuff was absolutely amazing. Like, a baby SQN, and not near the price. Certified organic, and owned by two Dallas natives! A blend of 2 great vineyards: Paderewksi (which is used in some of the Saxum wines), and Catapult. 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 16% Grenache, 9% Petit Sirah.

9.5

Sam Friedland

Complex, with peperish taste of Syrah. Went great with our Thanksgiving dinner.

Complex, with peperish taste of Syrah. Went great with our Thanksgiving dinner.

9.2

Scott Soren

I love @epochwines this GSM blend sings with black currant and boysenberry. Deep purple and rich mouthfeel make an incredible experience.

I love @epochwines this GSM blend sings with black currant and boysenberry. Deep purple and rich mouthfeel make an incredible experience.

9.4

Scott Soren

Yes yes yes. GSM from Paso. There are things that make you happy, and this is one of them. New world wine at its finest. Not a huge nose, but rich opulent mouthfeel, with coco and expresso and olive tapenade on the pallet mixed with black fruit. 20second finish leaves you wanting more and more.

Yes yes yes. GSM from Paso. There are things that make you happy, and this is one of them. New world wine at its finest. Not a huge nose, but rich opulent mouthfeel, with coco and expresso and olive tapenade on the pallet mixed with black fruit. 20second finish leaves you wanting more and more.

9.4

SMLphotography

Epoch Estate Wines previously York Mountain Winery which was founded by my wife’s family. This wine is beautiful. Complex full body. Smoke flavor does not over power the fruit. Nice long finish that sticks with you.

Epoch Estate Wines previously York Mountain Winery which was founded by my wife’s family. This wine is beautiful. Complex full body. Smoke flavor does not over power the fruit. Nice long finish that sticks with you.

9.8

Erik Wochna

13' vintage

13' vintage

9.2

Jeff Gassman

2011 in Mar 2019

2011 in Mar 2019

9.4

Scotty Scott

After two trips to Paso, I’ve visited quite a few wineries. Epoch is always top of my list. Great tasting experience at the winery and the wines are stellar.

After two trips to Paso, I’ve visited quite a few wineries. Epoch is always top of my list. Great tasting experience at the winery and the wines are stellar.

9.5

Peggy Hadley

I'm liking this blend.

I'm liking this blend.

9.3

Simon Weston

Great sauce to help with Thanksgiving at the in laws

Great sauce to help with Thanksgiving at the in laws

9.5

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