97-99pts Jeb Dunnuck
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
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.
Blend: 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre