Epoch Block B 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
Coming all from a single parcel in the estate Paderewski Vineyard (all Syrah, and clone 174) and raised in 80% new French oak, the 2016 Syrah Block B reveals a saturated purple color as well as a massive bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, bacon fat, graphite, ground pepper, and violets. Deep, rich, and powerful, yet still light on its feet, it's one of the most singular, brilliant Syrahs in the vintage.
Youthful purple color. Expansive, deeply perfumed aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, licorice, Moroccan spices, olive paste and potpourri, along with a building suggestion of incense. Stains the palate with densely packed blueberry, cherry-cola, cassis and spicecake flavors that become more energetic as the wine opens up. A violet pastille nuance gains strength with aeration and carries through an extremely long, mineral-accented finish that shows outstanding definition and spicy thrust. (20% whole clusters and 80% new French oak)
The 100% Syrah 2016 Block B was made with 20% whole cluster and aged 19 months in 80% new French oak. It has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and offers gregarious cassis, olives, fresh violets, cracked peppercorn, bacon fat and chocolate mint with notes of loamy earth, blueberry preserves and red berry sparks. The palate is full-bodied, firm and layered with expertly detailed tannins and juicy freshness to lift the long, dense finish. What a beauty! 438 cases were made.
Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini provides seamless integration on her 2016s. Dense aromas of black currant, violet and baking spice are intense but refined, while the palate is framed by polished tannins that still have just enough stickiness. The flavors balance a huge spice rack against buoyant black fruits.
Well-built and tightly focused, with evocative blackberry, smoked meat and sweet anise flavors that build structure and richness toward sleek tannins. Drink now through 2028. 438 cases made.