2013 Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend, USA, California, Paso Robles - Wine review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Another nice wine from this producer.  This is a GSM blend with some other grapes as well.  Purple in color.  The nose has black and red raspberries, black pepper and spice.  On the palate, there is a nice varietal complexity.  Easy dirnking but more than that.  Nice texture.  Some depth.  Good with food.  Youthful, there is no hurry on this but drinking well today.  

2014 Epoch Estate Wines Syrah Block B Paderewski Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles - Wine Review

Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

As to be expected, this is quite young and tight.  Yet, the nose is so precise it should develop beautifully.  Black raspberries, black pepper, roasted meats and violets.  On the palate, this took some time to open.  Vigorous tannins.  Black raspberry fruit tightly packed.  Deep.  Long finish.  Don't open for a few years without a long decant.  

2013 Epoch Estate Wines Syrah Block B Paderewski Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles

Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

My favorite of the 12, 13 and 14 trio of these wines (though all are good).  This also seems to be the one with the most upside potential.  Inky purple in color.  The nose is dusty with black raspberries, black pepper and slightly roasted meats.  On the palate this is flat out delicious.  Deep with black raspberries, black cherries, juicy acidity and some chocolate.  Long finish.  Tightly packed it explodes in the glass.  Great wine.  

2012 Epoch Estate Wines Syrah Block B Paderewski Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles

Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Inky purple in color.  The nose has cedar, black raspberries and black pepper.  On the palate, jammy black raspberries with some black cherries and chocolate.  Good acidity.  This is a very rich and open Syrah but still quite young.  it will be interesting to see how these develop with ten or twenty years on them.  I think they will be just fine and not too dissimilar from the better Northern Rhone reds.  Time will tell.  

2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill, USA, California, Sta. Rita Hills - Wine Review

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

I love this bottling and vintage.  The oak treatment is perfect for the fruit.  Golden in color.  The nose is clean with peach and slight ginger.  Creamy texture.  On the palate, apples, peaches and just a bit sweetness.  Deep and complex.  Long finish.  Great acidity.  Worked great with food but was delicious on its own.  Very impressive.  

2015 Woodwork Wines Chardonnay, USA, California, Central Coast - Wine Review

Score: 
83
Grade: 
B

Plenty of value here for under $10.  First, the label tells you this has a vanilla and butterscotch oak profile with apple and pear fruit notes.  Both of those are pretty spot on.  The wine is deep golden in color.  The nose is red apples, with vanilla and slight butterscotch.  On the palate, this is simple and to the point.  Plenty of oaky notes; vanilla and some butterscotch with a bit of apples.  This is made for easy drinking and at that price, just fine for casual drinking or at a party.  

2013 Tangent Pinot Gris Paragon Vineyard, USA, California, Edna Valley - Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Really nice showing for this wine.  Light golden in color.  The nose has more fruit that the Italian versions of this grape.  Some tropical notes along with limes.  On the palate, the fruit parade continues.  A bit of underlying minerality.  Good acidity.  It has a nice freshness although I would drink these sooner than later.  Good finish.  Under $20.  

2011 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles - Wine Review

Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Inky purple in color.  The nose has boysenberries, black pepper and slight bacon fat.  On the palate, this is not as boisterous as other vintages.  Still, nothing under ripe or green.  Boysenberries layered with damp earth and char.  Lovely texture.  Long finish.  This worked well with food or on its own.  Saxum did an excellent job with the difficult 2011 vintage.  This seems to be drinking a bit earlier than is typical although it is still young.  

2009 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas, USA, California, Santa Barbara - Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, red raspberries, anise and black pepper.  Nice.  On the palate, black and red raspberries with some black licorice.  It has some complexity and depth although it could use a bit more.  Nice finish.  It is drinking well now though it might not be at peak.  Not sure if it will get any better though.  It really is good even if I hoped for more.  

2015 Justin Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

This is very solid Cab.  Its always been a good value as well in the world of California Cabernet.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, dark cherries, and spice.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  One dimenstional perhaps but quite tasty.  Nice cassis fruit.  Easy drinking.  A great wine for a crowd.  Nice finish.  

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