- Producer: Epoch Estate Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Jordan Fiorentini
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek)
- Blend: 81% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre
- Vintage production: 299 cases
- Winery location: York Mountain
- Owners: Liz & Bill Armstrong
- First vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2019-2035
About The Wine
Sourced entirely fromt he Estate Paderewski Vineyard, this sultry and seductive Syrah-dominant hillside blend smells and tastes like autumn – sweet leather, dried tobacco, brown cooking spice, red plum and fresh cranberry compote.
Authenticity’s Syrah roots shine with a plethora of roasted meatiness and roasted herb flavors (sage, rosemary and thyme, of course). As usual, a healthy dollop of Mourvèdre adds length and tames the bigness of Syrah, revealing a touch of wet earth, pomegranate, forest floor and sassafras.
Fermented in stainless steel, oak and concrete tanks and new ½- ton French oak puncheons (35% whole cluster). Aged 18 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (77% new) , it was bottled in May 2017.
Epoch Estate Wines Authenticity 2015
"My favorite of the bottled wines was the 2015 Authenticity and this crazy good red flirts with perfection. It’s unquestionably one of the top 2-3 wines in the vintage. A blend of 81% Syrah and 19% Mourvèdre brought up in 77% new French oak (there’s roughly 35% whole clusters), it boasts a huge nose of black fruits, olive tapenade, smoked meats, and truffle, and has an almost Cote Rotie La Landonne like meatiness and savoriness. With full body, sweet tannins, and an expansive, opulent, yet perfectly balanced profile on the palate, it’s a heavenly Syrah from this great region. Don’t miss it!”
99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov. 2018)