- Producer: Epoch Estate Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Jordan Fiorentini
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek)
- Blend: 47% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, 19% Syrah
- Vintage production: 870 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 2017 Veracity was sourced from two of Paso's 'Grand Cru' vineyards, 90% Paderewski and 10% Catapault, both owned by Epoch.
It was fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks, before being racked and aged for 18 months, 36% in concrete tulips, and French oak barrels and puncheons (26% new). It was bottled on 7th May, 2019.
Epoch Estate Wines Veracity 2017
"Based on 47% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, and 19% Syrah, the 2017 Veracity is beautifully done, revealing a core of blue fruits, plenty of peppery herbs, violets, spice, and floral notes, medium to full body, and a great finish. It's one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass, and I suspect it will be even better with another 2-3 years of bottle age (although it's terrific today).”
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)
"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)