2018 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
90% Syrah | 10% Mourvédre


Jeb Dunnuck | 97-99
Based on 92% Syrah with a splash of Mourvèdre and Viognier, the 2018 Authenticity was scheduled to be bottled in July, just after this tasting. Lots of cassis and pure blue fruits as well as a kiss of violets and pepper define the bouquet, and it’s full-bodied, with a seamless texture and silky tannins. It’s showing a kiss of background oak at present, which will integrate nicely once this is in bottle. This is a stunning 2018 from this great estate. -September, 2020 (Jeb Dunnuck)

2017 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
92% Syrah | 6% Mourvèdre | 2% Viognier
Fermented in concrete, oak puncheons, and stainless steel tanks (22% stomped whole cluster)
Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (69% new)
Released Fall 2020
670 cases produced


Jeb Dunnuck | 98
One of the deeper hued wines in the lineup, the 2017 Authenticity checks in as 92% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, and the rest Viognier. Classic Paso Robles notes of blueberries, melted licorice, ground pepper, cured meats, and bacon fat all flow to a deep, full-bodied, opulent wine with terrific purity, a rounded, sexy texture, and a seriously good finish. -September, 2020 (Jeb Dunnuck)


Vinous | 96 
Vivid purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of cassis, candied cherry, succulent flowers and pipe tobacco pick up a smoky overtone and building spiciness. Sappy and sharply focused, offering finely detailed dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors and hints of bitter cherry, candied violet and baking spices. Gains sweetness with air and finishes with resonating floral and dark berry notes on a strikingly long, alluringly sweet and youthfully tannic finish. 22% whole clusters, raised in a combination of stainless steel, concrete and French oak vessels. -December 2020 (Josh Raynolds)


Wine Advocate | 93
The 2017 Authenticity comes from the Paderewski vineyard and is made of 92% Syrah with 6% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier. It was aged 19 months in 69% new French oak barrels and puncheons. Deep ruby-purple in color, the nose bursts with fresh blackcurrant and blueberry fruits with notes of violet, mint chocolate and garrigue. It’s full-bodied and fresh, its big, bold flavors wrapped in an elegant frame, and it finishes very long, flavorful and lifted. 670 cases produced. -October 2020 (Erin Brooks)

2016 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
89% Syrah | 11% Mourvèdre
Fermented in 100% new French oak puncheons and stainless steel tank (overall 28% whole cluster)
Aged 19 months in French oak mid-sized barrels and puncheons (70% new)
Release Fall 2019 | unfined and unfiltered
403 cases produced


Jeb Dunnuck | 98
The 2016 Authenticity checks in as 89% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre that spent 19 months in 70% new French oak. It’s always the most powerful, opulent wine in the lineup, and the 2016 is no exception, revealing a deep purple/blue color as well as a heavenly bouquet of black and blue fruits, crushed violets, graphite, liquid rocks, and chocolate. With full-bodied richness, a building sense of meatiness, ample tannins, and a huge finish, it’s another magical wine from this estate that needs to be tasted to be believed -October, 2019 (Jeb Dunnuck)


Vinous | 96
Bright purple. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, violets, incense and smoky minerals, and a sexy floral topnote builds in the glass. Stains the palate with densely packed black and blue fruit liqueur, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that become livelier as the wine opens up. Displays outstanding power and sharp definition on a strikingly long, incisive finish that’s given shape by steadily building tannins. 70% new French oak  -February, 2020 (Josh Raynolds)


Wine Advocate | 96
The deep ruby-purple colored 2016 Authenticity is made up of 89% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre. It was made using 28% whole cluster and aged 19 months in 70% new French oak. Deep ruby-purple colored, it gives up a stunning perfume of luscious crème de cassis, mint chocolate, blackberry pie, fresh violet, sweet baking spices, coffee bean, marionerries and blueberries with accents of prosciutto, cracked pepper and olive. The palate is full-bodied and unfurls slowly like a peacock tail into the most gorgeous floral-tinged black fruits and well-tamed savory notions. Silky textured, it has a firm frame of finely grained tannins and astonishing freshness, finishing very long and layered. This is gorgeous! It’s perfectly drinkable now but will reward another 5 years in the cellar. Enjoy it over the next 20+ years. 403 cases produced. -February, 2020 (Erin Brooks)


Wine Enthusiast | 95 & Cellar Selection 
This bottling, which includes 11% Mourvèdre, is all about charred meat wrapped in purple flowers and fruits, with violet, lilac, black currant and white pepper on the nose. Black-plum, savory soy and elegant lilac flavors rise on the palate, where expertly rounded tannins ensure long aging. Drink now through 2031. -January, 2020 (Matt Kettmann)


Wine Spectator | 91
Tightly focused and well-built, with a lively backbone of tannins and bright acidity, braced by concentrated blackberry, smoky herb and cracked pepper flavors. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2028. 403 cases made. -April, 2020 (Tim Fish)

2015 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
81% Syrah | 19% Mourvèdre
Fermented in new ½-ton oak puncheons and 1-ton bins (35% whole cluster)
Aged 18 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (77% new)
Release Fall 2018 | unfined and unfiltered
299 cases produced


Jeb Dunnuck | 99
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! 2018 – 2021 – November, 2018 (Jeb Dunnuck)


Wine Advocate | 97
The 2015 Authenticity Proprietary Red is superb, unfurling in the glass with aromas of smoky wild berries, grilled meat and cracked black pepper. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, multidimensional and authoritative, massive in both scale and depth, with immense concentration, beautifully fine but abundant tannins and impressive energy and tension for such a formidably powerful wine. All of Paso Roble’s potential amplitude and volume is captured here, but its structural refinement and harmony elevate it above mere brutishness into something quite thrilling. – May, 2018 (William Kelly)


Vinous | 95
(raised for 19 months in large French oak casks, 60% of them new) Glass-staining violet. Powerful, mineral-accented blueberry, cherry cola and vanilla aromas pick up suggestions of exotic spices and incense in the glass. Alluringly sweet, palate-staining black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors deepen with air and spread out while retaining vivacity and focus. Smoothly balances concentration and finesse. A smoky mineral quality adds vibrant cut to a strikingly long, sweet, dark-fruit-dominated finish. Drink 2025 – 2035. – September, 2018 (Josh Raynolds)


Wine Enthusiast | 93
Hearty and savory aromas of roasted meat, strong black cherry and char show on the nose of this blend of 81% Syrah and 19% Mourvèdre. It’s thick, rich and deep with flavors of roasted black currant, smoked fig and coffee on the palate, where fine-grained tannins stand up toward the finish. (Matt Kettmann)

Wine Spectator | 91
Deep and potent, with brooding currant, licorice and smoky game flavors that build toward broad-shouldered tannins. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2025. 299 cases made. (Tim Fish)

2014 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
89% Syrah | 11% Mourvèdre
Fermented in stainless steel, oak and concrete tanks and new ½- ton French oak puncheons (39% whole cluster)
Aged 18 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (66% new)
Release Fall 2017 | unfined and unfiltered
517 cases produced


Jeb Dunnuck | 97
Seeing the largest percentage of whole clusters of all the cuvées, the 2014 Authenticity is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre that was fermented with close to 40% stems and brought up in 66% new French oak. Its inky color is followed by a huge, unctuous, seriously decadent red that offers notes of blackberries, creme de cassis, barbecue smoke, white chocolate and spring flowers. With a stacked mid-palate and impressive concentration, as well as sensational purity and notable structure, it’s a killer wine. I like it today, but I suspect it will be even better in another year or two. – August, 2017 (Jeb Dunnuck)


Wine Advocate | 95
Made from 89% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre, the 2014 Authenticity Proprietary Red sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed blackberries, warm black plums and black cherries with hints of black pepper, dried bay leaves, lavender and olive oil-drizzled toast. Full-bodied, with tons of taut, muscular fruit, the palate is firmly structured with rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long on a lingering earthy note. 517 cases were produced. – September, 2017 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)


Vinous | 94
Bright purple. Intense black and blue fruits, cola, potpourri and smoky oak on the exotically perfumed nose. Shows impressive depth and seamless texture on the palate, offering concentrated blueberry, mocha and spicecake flavors and a suave violet pastille flourish. Shows impressive power and energy on the finish, which features harmonious tannins and insistent blue fruit and spice notes. – November, 2017 (


Wine Enthusiast | 93
Thick in the glass, this bottling, which includes 11% Mourvèdre, shows deep black currant, crushed slate and black plum on the darkly spiced nose. The palate shows cracked pepper and a black-fruit sauce, but it is the texture that’s most compelling, proving smooth, thick and plush, yet not overly tannic, with a boisterous acidity that rises into the finish. – May, 2018 (Matt Kettmann)

2013 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
82% Syrah | 18% Mourvèdre
Fermented ~57% whole cluster in concrete and stainless steel tanks, ½-ton French oak puncheons and 1-ton bins
Aged for 17 months in 53% new French oak barrels and puncheons
Release Fall 2016 | unfined and unfiltered
596 cases produced


Wine Advocate | 97
Moving to the 2013s, these are up there with the creme de la creme from Paso Robles. The 2013 Authenticity Proprietary Red (82% Syrah and 18% Mourvèdre) is 100% Paderewski Vineyard and saw 57% whole cluster before spending 17 months in just over 50% new French oak barrels and puncheons. Its deep ruby/purple, opaque color is followed by rockin’ notes of smoked meats, currants, cracked pepper and chalky minerality. Big, rich and layered on the palate, with a seamless texture and building structure, it’s nevertheless already hard to resist. It should keep for a decade, but I see no need to hold off either. – August, 2016 (Jeb Dunnuck)


International Wine Report | 95
The 2013 ‘Authenticity’ is an absolute knockout. Composed predominately of Syrah (82%) from the Paderewski Vineyard and was aged for 17 months in 53% new French oak. The wine instantly begins to release intense aromatics of black cherry liquor, crème de cassis, violets and mocha which all soar from the glass. This possesses remarkable density and concentration, as flavors of crème de cassis, sweet pipe tobacco, mocha and crushed mint resonate across the palate. The weight and tension is lovely as it continues to leave behind layers of complex flavors on the long finish. Overall, the Authenticity is a simply outstanding effort from Epoch and winemaker, Jordan Fiorentini. (Best 2017-2030) – December, 2017 (OB)


Wine Enthusiast | 94
Dark and thick in the glass, this blend of 82% Syrah and 18% Mourvèdre leads with black cherry syrup, smoked beef and dark chocolate aromas, which blossom as the wine opens. Rich and lavish on the palate, it has fine tannins that frame its blueberry, cassis and mocha flavors. It’s firmly structured, with a lingering acidity. -May, 2017 (Matt Kettemann)


Vinous | 93
Deep, lurid purple. Intense, highly perfumed blue fruit and floral pastille scents are complemented by hints of allspice and candied licorice. Velvety and focused on the palate, offering juicy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that take a sweeter turn as the wine opens up. Finishes impressively long and sappy, featuring lingering dark berry and floral pastille nuances, harmonious tannins and a hint of smoky minerals. 2018 – 2024. – September, 2016 (Josh Raynolds)


Wine Spectator | 93
Dense and gutsy, this wine takes no prisoners. Aromas of dried cherry, loamy mineral and dark Asian spice lead to powerful flavors of wild berry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper. Hands off for now. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2018 through 2028. – March, 2017 (Tim Fish)

2012 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
71% Syrah | 28% Mourvèdre | 1% Viognier co-fermented with Syrah
Fermented in stainless steel and 1/2 ton French puncheons
Aged for 18 months in 51% new French oak barrels and puncheons
Released Spring 2015 | unfined and unfiltered
571 cases produced


International Wine Report | 96
The 2012 ‘Authenticity’ is an incredible blend of 71% Syrah, 28% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier that was aged for 18 months in 51% new French oak barrels prior to bottling. This majestic, towering red opens with intense aromatics of star jasmine, anise, crème de cassis, and Turkish coffee which explode from the glass. This is full-bodied, layered and the texture is absolutely gorgeous, bordering ethereal, as it continues to deliver intense flavors of milk chocolate, crème de cassis, roasted figs, and tar which resonate through the wine. Despite its profound weight, this has a wonderful sense of freshness and seamless quality leading into the long multi-tiered finish. Overall, this 2012 is fabulous effort from winemaker Jordan Fiorentini. (Best 2016-2030) – May, 2016 (Owen Bargreen)


Wine Advocate | 95
The estate’s Syrah/Mourvedre blend, the 2012 Authenticity Proprietary Red is 71% Syrah, 28% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier that saw 58% whole clusters and 18 months in 51% new French oak. It has terrific purity in its ripe, decadently styled bouquet of blackberries, creamy licorice and smoked herbs. Possessing a wealth of raw material on a full-bodied, thick and rich palate, it has a clean and lively mouthfeel with sweet tannin and a chalky minerality on the finish. Give it a year or two in bottle and drink it through 2024. – August, 2015 (Jeb Dunnuck)


Vinous | 93
Inky purple. Ripe dark berry and spicecake aromas are complemented by notes of cola, licorice and candied violet. Supple and precise, showing excellent depth to its sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors. A mineral quality emerges with air and carries through a gently tannic, extremely persistent finish. – September, 2015 (Josh Raynolds)


Wine Spectator | 92
A Big, robust style, with tiers of dense, dark, chewy fruit, built around blackberry, chdar, road tar and graphite notes. Ends with a wall of tannins, cloaked around the dark berry and chocolate flavors. Best from 2016 through 2028. – December, 2014 (James Laube)

2011 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
66% Syrah | 33% Mourvèdre | 1% Viognier
Fermented in 45% stainless steel and 55% French oak puncheons
Aged 17 months in 60% new French oak
Released Spring 2014 | unfined and unfiltered
469 cases produced


Wine Advocate | 96
Even better, with another notch on the richness scale, the 2011 Authenticity boasts fabulous aromatics of creme de cassis, black raspberry, toasted bread, licorice and crushed flowers to go with a full-bodied, decadent and yet seamless style on the palate. A blend of 66% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre and a splash of Viognier that was harvest at the end of October/early November and aged 17 months in 60% new French oak, it’s already hard to resist, but will evolve gracefully for over a decade. Drink 2014-2034. –  August, 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)


International Wine Report | 95
The 2011 Epoch ‘Authenticity’ is an impressive follow up to last years amazing effort. It is dark and brooding, opening with intense aromas of ripe black fruits, exotic spices, pepper, smoke, lavender and even dark chocolate notes emerge with air. It boasts a full body, and possesses remarkable concentration, depth and power, however there is some underlying acidity which provides lift and a sense of freshness. The finish is long, persistent and supple, leaving behind a thick coating of delicious dark fruits, spices and chocolate notes that carry on for minutes. Another outstanding showing for the ‘Authenticity’ in 2011, and if you are a fan of the iconic wines of Saxum and SQN you should seek this out immediately. This is outstanding today, but I expect it to show even better in years to come. The 66% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier was sourced from the Paderewski vineyard.  – April, 2014 (Joe D’Angelo)


Wine Enthusiast | 93 & Cellar Selection
Opaquely purple in color, this Syrah-Mourvèdre blend (with 1% Viognier that co-fermented with the Syrah) boasts a brooding black cherry, pipe tobacco and tarragon nose.  Then it delivers a much more nuanced palate, with a very ripe blackberry, oaky vanilla and a tartness on the backend.  It’s well integrated, with some tannis to make it last.  Drink now with a porterhouse steak, or hold until 2020 and track the sure-to-be-exciting evolution. – September, 2014 (Matt Kettmann)


Vinous | 93
The 2011 Authenticity is gorgeous. Silky, voluptuous and layered in the glass, the 2011, is laced with blue and purplish fruit, spices, mint and new leather. Sweet floral and spice notes add lift on the finish. This is a decidedly feminine, gracious wine that impresses for its overall balance. – July, 2014 (Antonio Galloni)


Wine Spectator | 91
Dense, firm and tannic, this is well-built, with a backbone of blackberry and black licorice.  The tannins hang tight, but there’s wiggle room on the finish, where the red fruit becomes more prominent.  Drink now through 2022. – April, 2014 (James Laube)

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
Released Spring 2013 | unfined and unfiltered
492 cases produced


International Wine Report | 96 and #1 Wine of the Year for 2013
The 2010 Epoch Authenticity is a blend of 76% Syrah and 24% Mourvèdre, the Syrah is own-rooted and grown on the steepest, limey-ist hillside on the Paderewski Vineyard.  The wine itself brings intoxicating aromas of black cherry reduction, blueberries, kirsch, indian spices, cocoa, wet stones and even beautiful fresh violets emerge as this unwinds in the glass.  It is dense and concentrated, demonstrating impressive depth, power and remarkable balance.  The finish is long and rich, leaving behind a thick coating of juicy dark fruits, spices and chocolate flavors which all come together in harmony and linger on and on.  This was aged for 20 months in 65% new French oak.  Just an all-around fantastic wine that is very much approachable today, but it also has the potential to last decades.  Best 2014-2030. – April 2013 (Joe D’Angelo)


Rhone Report | 96
Without a doubt the largest scaled wine in the lineup and almost bursting at the seams, the 2010 Epoch Estate Wines Authenticity Paderewski Vineyard is a blend of 76% Syrah and 24% Mourvèdre, fermented with close to 40% whole cluster, that was aged in 65% new French oak barrels and puncheons.  Overflowing with notions of smoked plums, melted licorice, pepper, roasted meats, and graphite, it has a massive, full-bodied texture that has incredible mid-palate depth, thrilling richness, and a chewy, broad finish where the chalky minerality and tannic hallmark of the vineyard shows.  Despite the richness and size here, it remains beautifully drinkable and not heavy in the least.  Benefitting from air and still going strong on the third day, this knockout 2010 needs a year or three in the cellar, will drink nicely for 8-10 years, possibly longer. – (Jeb Dunnuck)


Wine Advocate | 96
Shifted slightly more towards the Syrah side in 2010, the Authenticity is 76% Syrah and 24% Mourvèdre that’s fermented in a combination of concrete, stainless steel and new French oak before aging in primarily French oak barrels and puncheons.  Fantastic on the nose, with smoky black fruits, graphite, chocolate and complex game and leather nuances, this serious Syrah deliver a full-bodied, powerful, yet elegant mouth feel, brilliant concentration and a chalky, mineral-driven and tannic finish.  While a big wine, this has uncommon polish, freshness and poise. Give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar and then drink through 2025+.  Drink 2015-2025. –  August 2013 (Jeb Dunnuck)


Wine Spectator | 93
Rich and gutsy, with dark berry, road tar, tobacco leaf and crushed rock flavors, this combines power with finesse, ending with a chewy aftertaste of smoke and creosote. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023. 492 cases made. – Web Only 2013 (James Laube)


Vinous | 93
(76% syrah and 24% mourvedre; 15.9% alcohol): Opaque purple. Deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, cola and black cardamom, with smoke and cracked pepper accents. Sappy, penetrating dark fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity, which adds back-end cut. Dusty tannins give shape to the very long, spice-accented finish. Shows excellent vivacity for such a hefty wine. -November 2012 (Josh Raynolds)

2009 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
64% Syrah | 36% Mourvèdre
Aged for 23 months in 45% new French oak barrels and puncheons
Released Spring 2012 | unfined and unfiltered
504 cases produced


Rhone Report | 96+
Showing even better from bottle than barrel, the 2009 Authenticity checks in as a blend of 64% Syrah and 36% Mourvèdre that’s aged for 23 months in a combination of 45% new French oak barrels and puncheons.  Showing a very classically styled bouquet of smoked meats, white pepper, mineral, and iron that’s supported by a brilliant core of dark fruit, this pure, concentrated, and balanced red is full-bodied, gorgeously textured, and perfectly put together on the palate.  Transcending the typical Paso Robles Syrah profile with awesome complexity, perfect balance, good acidity, and a blockbuster finish, this beauty should evolve positively for 2-4 years, and have 12-15 years of longevity.  Serious stuff and don’t miss this wine. – (Jeb Dunnuck)


Wine Advocate | 96
We finished the tasting with the 2009 Authenticity, which I loved on release. It didn’t disappoint and gave up rocking black raspberry, cassis, lead pencil shavings and hints of chocolate in a full-bodied, beautifully textured style. It’s still fresh and lively, and will continue to shine through 2021 or beyond. Drink 2014 – 2021 –  August 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)


Vinous | 93
The 2009 Authenticity shows a different side of the Paderewski Vineyard, with a little more inner tension and drive than the Ingenuity, but a similar amount of richness.  Dark red berries, grilled herbs and sweet floral notes meld together in this vibrant, totally expressive wine. The blend is 64% Syrah and 36% Mourvèdre.  Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.  – (Antonio Galloni)


Wine Spectator | 91
Firm and tight, with a mix of road tar, rustic dried berry, sage and cedar flavors.  Firms on the finish, where the tannins are chewy, providing traction.  Syrah and Mourvèdre.  Drink now through 2022.  – (James Laube)


2008 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
100% Syrah
Aged 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels
Released Spring 2011 | unfined and unfiltered
242 cases produced


Vinous | 95
The 2008 Authenticity is a gorgeous wine layered with dark fruit, espresso, licorice, spices, all of which come together in a rich, sensual style of notable class and elegance. Soft and voluptuous through to the finish, Authenticity shows tremenedous balance and tons of personality. It is a big, bold red to drink now and over the next decade or so that shows the more refined, domesticated side of Syrah. The 2008 Authenticity spent 22 months in French barrels, 52% new. – August 2011 (Antonio Galloni)


Wine Advocate | 95
The 2008 Authenticity is a gorgeous wine layered with dark fruit, espresso, licorice, spices, all of which come together in a rich, sensual style of notable class and elegance.  Soft and voluptuous through to the finish, Authenticity shows tremendous balance and tons of personality.  It is a big, bold red to drink now and over the next decade or so that presents the more refined, domesticated side of Syrah.  The 2008 Authenticity spent 22 months in French barrels, 52% new.  Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.  – (Antonio Galloni)


Wine Spectator | 95
Offering aromas of fresh-cut flowers, plum and berry jam, with lots of dark berry fruit scents, this is big and concentrated, yet manages to be supple midpalate and dense and chewy on the finish, ending with cascading berry, mineral, mocha and espresso notes.  Drink now through 2021.  242 cases made . – (James Laube)


Rhone Report | 94
All Syrah (compared to a 60/40 split of Mourvédre and Syrah for the ‘09), the 2008 Epoch Estate Wines Authenticity, aged for 22 months in 52% new French oak, shows stunning aromatics of both black and blue fruits, freshly crushed flowers, bramble, and charcoal.  Like the ’08 Block B, this ripe, hedonistic beauty pairs power with elegance and class.  Full bodied, lavishly textured, and seamless, with beautiful purity, and awesome length on the finish, this should drink well for a decade or longer.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)

2007 Authenticity

Paderewski Vineyard, Paso Robles
88% Syrah | 12% Mourvèdre
Ages 14 months in 70% new French oak barrels
Released Spring 2010 | unfined and unfiltered
203 cases produced


Rhone Report | 94
The 2007 Authenticity is a blend of 88% Syrah and 12% Mourvédre and shows knockout aromatics.  Big, dark and ripe with loamy earth, minerals, blackberry, cassis and spice aromas that are supported by hot asphalt and beef juice nuances.  The palate is medium to full bodied with a smooth, silky texture, sweet fruit, nice acidity and a long, clean finish. While this has big, sweet fruit, it also has restraint and the acidity keeps it clean and fresh.  I’d drink these over the next 10 years.  – (Jeb Dunnuck)


Wine Advocate | 94
Perhaps the densest wine, with the most structure and potential for 10+ years of evolution, is the 2007 Authenticity, a blend of 88% Syrah and 12% Mourvédre.  Extraordinarily rich, with notes of camphor, creme de cassis, blackberry, licorice, and graphite, the wine is dense, full-bodied, still somewhat tannic, but pure and beautifully layered, with admirable equilibrium.  Give this wine another 1-2 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 10-12+ years.  – (Robert Parker)


Wine Spectator | 92
A pure, delicious expression of red and black fruits, with layers of pomegranate, wild berry and huckleberry fruit that offers touches of sage, mineral and cedar.  Ends with ripe, fine-grained tannins. Syrah and Mourvèdre.  Drink now through 2017.  203 cases made.  – (James Laube)


Vinous | 91
Glass-staining purple.  Pure aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry and Indian spices.  Penetrating black fruit flavors are complicated by notes of vanilla, violet and smoky spices; very reminiscent of a ripe northern Rhone wine.  The wine’s sweetness is leavened by gently bracing acidity.  Gains weight with air and finishes with lush tannins and excellent lingering fruit.  – November/December 2009 (Josh Raynolds)