Wine Enthusiast 95 points - Terlato’s focus on Bordeaux-style red wines has paid off in the last several vintages, and this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot continues the success streak. It has ripe, spicy flavors of blackberry jam, black currant and sweet, toasty oak, and the tannin-acid structure is balanced. Still, it’s an astringent wine that needs time in the cellar, so give it at least eight years. It could age well beyond that.
Wine Spectator 88 points - Gutsy and extracted, with roasted coffee, dried berry, sage and cedar flavors framed by chewy tannins, leaving this a bit dry on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 612 cases made.-JL
(Jun 15 2013)
For Terlato Wine Group Chairman Anthony J. Terlato, one of life’s richest luxuries is orchestrating a well-prepared meal for his close friends; cooking together, laughing and talking about things they enjoy in common, and, of course, choosing a wine that will get their attention.
This ideal was Terlato’s inspiration for Episode, a wine that would stand alongside the best he had tasted during his 50 years in the luxury wine business; a wine that he would proudly serve at a luxurious dinner.
The result is EPISODE, a personal expression of a luxury wine. The Terlato family personally selects 1 1/2 acres from their 600+ acre holdings in Napa Valley and produces 400 cases of a wine with power, finesse, elegance and longevity.
EPISODE is a blend of the classic Bordeaux grapes, grown from the very best Napa Valley fruit including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Anthony Terlato and Doug Fletcher, who oversees all aspects of winemaking at the Terlato properties, taste numerous blends selecting the precise combination for each vintage.
EPISODE meets the very highest standards of the family providing oenophiles and collectors with a wine to be treasured.