Authenticity

Authenticity is a very authentic blend with primarily Syrah from one very steep limestone hillside at Paderewski and blended with a neighboring block of Mourvèdre to yield a supple, sultry and seamless wine that is classically Paderewski. Sometimes we co-ferment some Syrah with a neighboring Viognier block to add a little spice and freshness to the mix. This wine is deemed “The Bill Wine” because it has many gears – big and bold yet elegant and refined.

 

2013 Authenticity

Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek  | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One east-sloping peachy limestone precipice
Ethnicity: 82% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre
Siblings: 596 Cases Produced
Ideal Mate: Richly-brothed French onion soup

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 5 – 26, 2013 | Birth weight: 26.9° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~57% whole cluster in concrete and stainless steel tanks, ½-ton French oak puncheons and 1-ton bins
Education: Aged for 17 months in 53% new French oak barrels and puncheons
GPA: 3.81 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.9% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled April 20, 2015  | Debut: Released Fall 2016 | Prime Eligibility:  2017-2028

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
The 2013 Authenticity makes you feel like you can smell color. Having grown out of her initial baby fat and approaching teenhood in wine years, she is showing her core characteristics of red and black berry fruits, vivacious floral notes, alongside chalky minerality and tannins. Both candied and fresh violets jump out of the glass, complexed by grilled herbs, sweet leather and black cherry. So good right now it will be hard to wait, but just imagine what she will become!

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 97, Wine Spectator 93
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2012 Authenticity

Birthplace: Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles |
Stomping Grounds: My Syrah DNA hails from one east-sloping limestone precipice

 

MY STATS
Ethnicity
: 71% Syrah, 28% Mourvèdre, 1% Viognier (from a Syrah co-ferment)
Gender: Female | Eye Color: Amber | Body Shape: Buff chick
Languages: Fluent in French | Hobbies: Flamenco and target practice | Siblings: 571 Cases

 

MY PROFILE
Birthdate: September 24 – October 8, 2012 | Birth Weight: 27° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~ 58% whole cluster in stainless steel and ½ ton French oak puncheons
Education: Aged for 18 months in 51% new French oak barrels and puncheons
GPA: 3.69 pH | 5.6 g/L TA | 15.7% Alc. | Major: International Relations | Minor: French Literature
Graduation: Bottled June 2014 | Debut: Released Spring 2015 | Liberation: Seducing you from 2017 – 2025

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Authenticity is as sophisticated and elegant as the perfect black dress, however, she’s got a hint of spice, accentuated by the tease of a slit up her skirt leg. She wears the power of Paderewski’s steep limestone hillsides gracefully and will become more supple through the years. Red plum and Bing cherry, worn leather, dried tobacco and sweet wood unite with a palate laced in velvety red fruit, seared filet and dark chocolate. Her mouth-watering chalky tannins and acid backbone ensure that she will be in style for quite some time.

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 95, International Wine Report 96 & #86 on its Top 100 Wines of 2016
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2011 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
66% Syrah | 33% Mourvèdre | 1% Viognier
Fermented in stainless steel tanks and French oak puncheons
Aged 17 Months in 60% new French Oak
469 Cases Produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

 

Velvety and rich with heightened elegance, Authenticity is female in gender for 2011, and wearing a bit of gold with her cofermentation of Viognier (1%). Take her out and show her off to your friends, however you might wish you just kept her all to yourself. -– Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 96, Wine Spectator 91, Wine Enthusiast 93 & Cellar Selection, Vinous 93, International Wine Cellar 93, International Wine Report 95
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2010 Authenticity
International Wine Report’s #1 Wine of the Year for 2013

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
76% Syrah | 24% Mourvèdre
Fermented in stainless tanks, French oak puncheons and concrete tanks
Aged for 20 months in 65% new French oak
492 cases produced

 

This wine is living up to its muse – Bill Armstrong. Earning its name as “The Bill Wine” from the moment of blending, the 2010 Authenticity is complex and outspoken with many elaborate gears.  Its integrated stemy-ness brings its fruit and minerality to a whole new level of wine enjoyment. – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

ScoresWine Advocate 96, Wine Spectator 93, Rhone Report 96, International Wine Cellar 93, International Wine Report 96 & #1
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2009 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
64% Syrah | 36% Mourvèdre
Aged for 23 months in 45% new French oak barrels and puncheons
504 cases produced

 

The 2009 Authenticity with 64% Syrah and 36% Mourvedre is an intensely complex, chewy and textured wine that attests to how serious Mourvedre can be. Aromas of violets explode off the nose and lend the way to damp forest floor, nutmeg, dried cranberry and black plum. Flavors are savory and sweet – white pepper, sweet cigar, dried black cherry and smoked game. A meal in itself – maybe you don’t even need the meat! – Jordan Fiorentini, Winemaker

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 93, Wine Spectator 91, Rhone Report 96+, International Wine Cellar 93

 

 

2008 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah
Aged 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels
242 cases produced

 

A varietal blend true to the power and intensity of the Northern Rhone. One of our varietal Rhone wines, Authenticity is a Syrah-based blend showing the power, structure and elegance of Northern Rhone grapes grown on the Paderewski Vineyard. Its “I want to dive into the glass aromas” intensely combine ripe black plum, blackberry compote, leather, dried herbs and vanilla bean. With similar flavors extending through the whole mouth this wine shows huge length, ripe purple fruit, fresh acidity, savory meats and barrel spice. The 2008 Authenticity is 100% Syrah and is worthy of 10+ years of cellar age.

 

Scores: Wine Advocate 95, Wine Spectator 95, Rhone Report 94, International Wine Cellar 91

 

 

2007 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
88% Syrah | 12% Mourvedre
Ages 14 months in 70% new French oak barrels
203 cases produced

 

Dark black fruit, intense concentration, and plenty of upside for aging. One of our three Rhone blends, Authenticity is a Syrah-based blend showing the power, structure and elegance of Northern Rhone grapes grown on the Paderewski Vineyard. With 88% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre, this wine is intensely concentrated and continues to evolve with cellar age. Aromas straddle the sweet and the savory, with a delicious meaty character alongside dried herbs, black cherry and vanilla. Its rich, yet vibrant palate exhibits chewy tannins, violets and dark black fruits. Drink now or with 5 – 15 years cellar age.

 

ScoresWine Advocate 94, Wine Spectator 92, Rhone Report 94, International Wine Cellar 91