Epoch’s 2010 Veracity is a juicy, blended Grenache-based (Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre) grown on the slopes of limestone-studded Paderewski Vineyard. With its Grenache component fermented mostly in concrete, this wine’s minerality is subtly juxtaposed next to lush red fruit, citrus and white flowers - quite enticing. Many of the lots that make up this blend were expressive co-fermentations of Syrah with Grenache and Mourvedre. Counoise also makes an appearance for the first time to add spice and bright strawberry elements.
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 92
"Dark violet color. Complex, inviting aromas of black raspberry, lavender, licorice, and smoky oak. Dense sweet and seamless, with noteworthy intensity and precision to the flavors of red and dark berries, cracked pepper, and Indian spices. Finishes vibrant and very long, with silky tannins and excellent lift."
Wine Spectator (WS): 94
"Presents a complex, graceful mix of blackberry, black licorice and boysenberry pie scents, yet for all its apparent ripeness this remains elegant and ends with a more subtle, nuanced finish, right down to the crushed rock earthiness. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Syrah."
Rhone Report (RR): 95
"The estate's take on a southern Rhone blend and a mix of 69% Grenache 23% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah, and 4% Counoise, the 2010 Veracity is a beauty. Fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless steel, and aged for 18 months in 41% new French oak barrels and Puncheons, it offers up a full-bodied, rich, yet structured profile with sweet black and red fruits, chalk, lavender, and subtle Herbs de Provence like aromas and flavors. Beautifully put together, with solid mid-palate depth and a chewy, broad finish that highlights ripe tannin ..."