Wine Advocate 95
“The estate’s Syrah/Mourvedre blend, the 2012 Authenticity Proprietary Red is 71% Syrah, 28% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier that saw 58% whole clusters and 18 months in 51% new French oak. It has terrific purity in its ripe, decadently styled bouquet of blackberries, creamy licorice and smoked herbs. Possessing a wealth of raw material on a full-bodied, thick and rich palate, it has a clean and lively mouthfeel with sweet tannin and a chalky minerality on the finish. Give it a year or two in bottle and drink it through 2024.” – Jeb Dunnuck
Jordan Fiorentini continues to excel as the winemaker at Epoch, and she now has a brand new, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, located just off York Mountain, to grow into. She continues to experiment with different levels of concrete tank (even some amphora) and larger barrels, and I expect the style here to be tweaked as they settle into the new winery and continue developing new vineyards. Talking about her 2013s, she commented that it was similar to 2012, yet with softer tannin. She opted to bottle most of them early as she wanted to preserve as much fruit and freshness as possible. The wines showed beautifully and had the expected Paso Robles richness to go with excellent purity of fruit.