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Epoch Ingenuity Red Blend 2017

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750ML / 15.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Petite Sirah is the leading grape of the 2017 Ingenuity and future vintages. It is still the “Paso Roblean Rhone Blend," but with a bit more identity, purpose and well, Petite-Sirah-ness. 

Blend: 56% Petite Sirah, 16% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 13% Grenache

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JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
This cuvée has shifted toward more Petite Sirah over the past few vintages, and the 2017 Ingenuity checks in as 56% Petite Sirah, 16% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, and 13% Grenache. Blueberries, flowery incense, white pepper, and candied orange peel all give way to a sexy, ripe, full-bodied 2017 with sweet tannins and a great finish. Drink it over the coming decade.
V 95
Opaque ruby. Spice-accented cherry, cassis, blueberry and licorice scents develop smoky mineral and floral top-notes that gain strength as the wine opens up. Fleshy black/blue fruit, licorice and candied violet flavors are supported by a spine of juicy acidity and become sweeter on the back half. Deftly blends concentration and vivacity and finishes smoky and very long, with gently chewy tannins and lingering dark fruit and candied licorice qualities. 51% new oak.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Ingenuity is a blend of 56% Petite Sirah, 16% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 13% Grenache from the Paderewski vineyard, aged 19 months in 51% new French oak barrels and puncheons. It has pretty aromas of violet, blueberries and blackberries with spicy touches. It's full-bodied but surprisingly fresh and ripe, offering pretty pops of blue fruits and finishing long and layered.
Rating: 92+
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Epoch Estate, California
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Founded in 2004 by geologists, Bill and Liz Armstrong, Epoch has quickly developed a big reputation for handcrafted, small-production wines with abundant personalities. Under the careful care of Winemaker, Jordan Fiorentini, Epoch is committed to producing world-class wines from Rhône, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varieties grown on their three west Paso Robles vineyards – Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain. Epoch’s Tasting Room and Winery are located on the storied York Mountain which was once home to the first bonded winery on the central coast. Preserving the rich history found on this property as well as Paderewski Vineyard, a sight once owned and cherished by the late Polish Prime Minister and pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Epoch strives to carry on these legacies through their wines and the unique Epoch experience.

Through carefully managed, non-invasive farming, Epoch aims to bring the complex character of their vineyards into each bottle of wine they craft. All of Epoch's fruit comes from their three specific and unique sites: Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain Vineyards.

PADEREWSKI VINEYARD: Travel just west of Paso Robles, and you will find Paderewski Vineyard: 67 acres of undulating, steep, limestone rich hillsides within 570 rural, spring-fed acres. 

CATAPULT VINEYARD: Directly in the heart of the Paso Robles’ Templeton Gap, near the acclaimed L’Aventure and Booker Vineyards, sits Catapult Vineyard. 

YORK MOUNTAIN: Located just seven miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,500 feet, this property falls in the small 640 acre York Mountain AVA, which is outside of the very large Paso Robles AVA.

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Growing on high elevation bedrock slopes, the vineyards of Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA sit at between 960 and 1,900 feet in elevation.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

STC705090_2017 Item# 877632

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