The 2015 Epoch White is made from mostly Grenache Blanc and Viognier, yet has 14% Roussanne in the blend. Aged five months on lees (a mix of concrete, neutral barrels and 9% new barrels), it offers impressive notes of citrus rind, white flowers and saline-like minerality in its fresh, tight, crisp and downright classy profile. It's a prime example of how good these Rhone-themed whites from Paso are today. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years. Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini is making the most of her new winery on York Mountain, and her 2013s and 2014s are up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. In addition to the new releases, I was also able to do a small retrospective of her Tempranillo. (JD)
Light yellow-gold. Tangerine, melon and a citrus pith nuance on the fragrant nose. Sappy and tightly wound, offering dried pear and Meyer lemon flavors that flesh out and become more succulent with air. Picks up a hint of tarragon on the finish, which lingers with very good, mineral-tinged persistence. Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini and her associate winemaker, Peter Turrone, told me that one of the big surprises here is how well the white wines have aged. "Most people don’t associate Paso Robles with white wine in the first place," Fiorentini said, "much less with white wines that can age." History has proven the age-worthiness of wines from the northern Rhône, of course, but those from the southern Rhône, where the climate often resembles that of the Paso Robles region, have a checkered history for rewarding patience. Fiorentini said that the cold nights are a huge factor in preserving acidity in the wines "and give them backbone, which applies to both whites and reds." (AG)
Juicy pear, peach and apricot flavors are vibrant and juicy, with plenty of spice and honeysuckle accents. Crisp on the finish. Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne. (MW, Web-2017)
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