- Producer: Epoch Estate Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Jordan Fiorentini
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek)
- Blend: 51% Mourvèdre, 36% Grenache, 13% Syrah
- Vintage production: 851 cases
- Winery location: York Mountain
- Owners: Liz & Bill Armstrong
- First vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2019-2029+
About The Wine
Epoch's nod to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this Grenache/Mourvèdre-based blend embraces its status as a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre) with elegance, panache, and a consistent sunny-ness that reminds Owner, Bill Armstrong, of the wines from the Southern Rhône – wines that inspired him to start this crazy Epoch journey in the first place.
The 2016 Veracity was sourced from two of Paso's 'Grand Cru' vineyards, 78% Paderewski and 22% Catapault, both owned by Epoch.
It was fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, and large French oak puncheons. It was racked into and aged for 17 months, 28% in concrete tulips, and French oak barrels and puncheons (32% new). It was bottled on 24th May 2018.
Epoch Estate Wines Veracity 2016
"The Mourvèdre-dominated 2016 Veracity (51% Mourvèdre, 36% Grenache, and 13% Syrah) reveals a darker ruby color as well as a sensational bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked meats, ground herbs, chocolate, and earth. With full-bodied richness, no hard edges, wonderful purity of fruit, and a great finish, it's a heavenly expression of Mourvèdre to drink over the coming decade or more.”
98 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct. 2019)
"Lurid ruby. Assertive, smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit preserve, exotic spice, cola, licorice and incense aromas pick up a suave floral quality as the wine opens up. Alluringly sweet and seamless in texture, offering deeply concentrated blueberry, cherry preserve, dark chocolate and violet pastille flavors that turn livelier and spicier on the back half. Deftly plays richness and power off of delicacy and finishes with remarkable clarity and just a hint of silky, integrated tannins. Drinking this wine is like watching Rosey Grier doing his needlepoint; those of a certain age will understand. (13% whole clusters; aged in a combination of 72% French oak barrels and puncheons, 32% of them new, and the rest in concrete vats)”
98 points, Josh Reynolds (Vinous, Feb. 2020)