2018 Epoch Estate Red Blend Paso Robles
Liz and Bill Armstrong came to wine through the world of geology (so did Philippe Melka, incidentally). Geologists do seem to have a knack for terroir! They chose Paso Robles for the unique soils, the hills and the extreme temperature swings they knew would suit the Rhone varieties they loved. The 2017 Estate Blend is an intriguing mix of just about every red variety they grow. It starts with 36% Syrah, 21% Grenache and 17% Mourvedre, but pulls in Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Carignan as well. The wine is sappy and focused with intense black raspberry flavors and sweet floral notes. Very long and very smooth, it’s a ride you won’t want to end.
This blend of 47% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 18% Grenache, 12% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano offers brooding aromas of black plum, blackberry, violet and wood spice. Silky yet firm tannins frame the endlessly pleasurable palate, where roasted berry and plum flavors weave into mocha and chai spices. Drink through 2038.
The 2018 Estate Blend comes from all three of Epoch's estate vineyards and is a blend of 47% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 18% Grenache, 12% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano, aged 19 months in 50% new French oak barrels and puncheons. It has a deep ruby-purple color and gregarious aromas of blackberry and blueberry jam, with accents of milk chocolate and pie spice. The palate is medium-bodied with an abundance of grainy tannins, seamless freshness and a very long, flavorful finish. This is ready and open to drink! 1,663 cases were made.
A blend of 47% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 18% Grenache, and the rest Tempranillo and Graciano, the 2018 Estate Blend has a full-bodied, round, lush, beautiful profile as well as ample darker berry fruits and spicy, violet-like aromatics. Aged 19 months in 50% new barrels, drink it over the coming 7-8 years or so.