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
Anticipated Release Spring 2015 | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 94 (barrel sample)
Looking at the 2012s that were still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Authenticity should be another great vintage for this cuvee. Possessing deep, rich and ripe aromas of smoked plums, black raspberry, earth, licorice and dried chocolate, it has full-bodied richness and depth to go with a savory, chewy, structured style. It will benefit from short-term cellaring and have a decade of longevity–  August 2014 (Jeb Dunnuck)

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
469 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

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% Mourvedre 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)

Wine Advocate | 94-96 (barrel sample)
Also from tank and an elegant, finesse-driven version of this release that doesn’t lack for fruit or texture, the 2011 Authenticity is a blend of 66% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier (co-fermented with the Syrah) that was aged in roughly 60% new French oak.  Deep and layered, with gorgeous, mineral-tinged aromas and flavors, it is full-bodied, seamless and focused on the palate.  It’s impressive and will require a year or two to round into form once released. It should have over a decade of longevity.  Drink 2015-2021.  –  August 2013 (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)

International Wine Cellar | 93
Highly aromatic scents of blackberry and blueberry liqueur, candied licorice and a hint of potpourri.  Enters lush and rich, with surprising freshness and vivacity, offering deeply pitched flavors of cherry-vanilla and dark berry liqueur.  Finishes long and sweet, with supple tannins and a floral note clinging tenaciously. – November/December 2013 (Josh Raynolds)

Vinous | 91-94 (barrel sample)
Once again, I find more complexity and greater layers of depth in the 2011 Authenticity than in the Ingenuity, Epoch's other Syrah-based wine from Paderewski. Savory herbs, tobacco, licorice and wild flowers are all woven together beautifully here. With time in the glass, gorgeous notes of raspberry jam, sage and rosemary take on greater prominence. The use of 45% whole clusters works very well here. This is a very pretty wine with plenty of upside potential. – July 2013 (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)

Rhone Report | 93-96 (barrel sample)
A knockout 2011 that will compete with, and possibly surpass, the 2010, the 2011 Epoch Estate wines Authenticity Paderewski Vineyard is a blend of 66% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre, and 1% Viognier (co-fermented with the Syrah) that was aged in roughly 60% new French oak.  Deep, layered, and supremely pure, with classic currant, chalky minerality, chocolate, and assorted spice-driven characteristics, it is full-bodied, seamless, and focused on the palate. Shining for its purity and elegance as much as for its depth and richness, this serious 2011 will require a handful of years in the cellar, and drink well for 10-12 years possibly longer. – (Jeb Dunnuck)


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 | unfined and unfiltered

Wine Advocate | 96
Shifted slightly more towards the Syrah side in 2010, the Authenticity is 76% Syrah and 24% Mourvedre 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)

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% Mouvedre, 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)

International Wine Cellar | 93
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/December 2012 (Josh Raynolds)

Vinous | 92
The 2010 Authenticity represents a departure from previous years, in that this is the first vintage with stem inclusion, while all of the fruit comes from one specific parcel in Paderewski rich in limestone, both of which give the wine its aromatic lift and tension. Dark red raspberries, flowers, mint and spices all take shape in a Syrah with distinctly brighter aromas and flavors than those found in the darker Block B. – July 2013 (Antonio Galloni)

International Wine Report | 96 and #1 Wine of the Year for 2013
The 2010 Epoch Authenticity is a blend of 76% Syrah and 24% Mourvedre, 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)


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 | unfined and unfiltered

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)

Wine Advocate | 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% Mourvedre.  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)

Rhone Report | 96+
Showing even better from bottle than barrel, the 2009 Authenticity checks in as a blend of 64% Syrah and 36% Mourvédre 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)

International Wine Cellar | 93
Opaque purple . Intense, floral-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, Indian spices and cola, with a suave touch of vanilla gaining power with air.  Lush and expansive but surprisingly energetic, offering pliant blackberry and boysenberry flavors with no rough edges.  The floral quality dominates the very long, sappy, spicy finish.  Definitely a big boy but very nicely balanced.  – October/November 2011 (Josh Raynolds)


2008 Authenticity

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

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)

International Wine Cellar | 91+
Glass-staining purple.  Red and dark berries and Indian spices on the nose, with exotic potpourri and lively mineral accents.  Nervy and precise, with impressive depth to its raspberry and boysenberry flavors.  Becomes tighter with air and finishes with serious grip and spicy thrust.  This could use a bit more bottle age but looks very promising.  – November/December 2010 (Josh Raynolds)


2007 Authenticity

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

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)

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)


International Wine Cellar | 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)

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