Epoch Estate Authenticity Red 2015 - 750ml

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99pts Jeb Dunnuck

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)

97pts Wine Advocate

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.

 

Winemaker Notes

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.