- Producer: Epoch Estate Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Jordan Fiorentini
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek)
- Blend: 99% Tempranillo, 1% Grenache
- Vintage production: 390 cases
- Winery location: York Mountain
- Owners: Liz & Bill Armstrong
- First vintage: 2008
- Drinking window: 2019-2038
About The Wine
This wine will need decanting until at least 2020 if not longer! Even better, cellar this fresh and structured serious bottling.
The tannins need time to broaden, and the aromas and flavors need exposure to air to open and reveal dried bing cherry, red plum, pipe tobacco, dried tea leaves, pencil lead and a savory gaminess. A vanilla, toasty barrel spice is subtle but frames and adds layers to the palate. Fans of Tempranillo: a gift is in store for you.
Fermented in concrete, oak tank, and new ½ tonne French oak puncheons. Aged 19 months in French oak barrels (60% new), it was bottled in June 2017.
Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo 2015
"I suspect the finest vintage to date, the 2015 Tempranillo shows a more elegant, seamless style that’s reminiscent of some of the great Tempranillo releases from Spain. Tons of black fruits, charcoal, charred meats, and graphite notes all give way to a full-bodied red that has a weightless, seamless texture, building tannins, and a blockbuster finish. I haven’t had a truly aged Tempranillo from California, so I hate to push too hard on the aging curve (especially when it’s this good already), but I suspect this will have over two decade of longevity.”
98 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov. 2018)