Overview of the Wine
When setting out on our “crazy” quest to make wine, we did not have our sights set on any particular wine region. However, we knew two things for sure: we loved wines made from Rhone varieties, and being geologists, we understood the importance terroir plays in the making of world-class wines. Upon extensive research and travel, we kept coming back to Paso Robles for the weather, unique soils, hilliness, and extreme temperature swings that are known to this region and are found within each of our vineyard sites – Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain. The cowboy culture, entrepreneurial spirit, and unmistakable beauty were just added bonuses!
Our own epoch officially began in 2004 with the purchase of our Paderewski Vineyard (there is a REALLY cool story behind this property and its name, but in an attempt to not be too long-winded here and now, check out this story for all of the details). This chapter became so fruitful (pun intended) that we spread our roots to Catapult Vineyard in 2008 and then the historic York Mountain Winery two years later…Today we are beyond blessed to be stewards of these lands, and we are honored to carry on the legacies of York Mountain and Ignacy Paderewski through our wines. Wines that are carefully crafted from Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varieties. Like we said, there are a multitude of stories begging to be told within this short summary, so we hope you take some time to read more about us and eventually come see us in person!
Grape / Blend
92% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Willow Creek, Paso Robles, California
Pure bliss, the 2017 Authenticity softly folds across the palate like a velvet curtain dropping in slow motion. As always, the Syrah component comes from one hillside at Paderewski (Block 4A) and is combined with a dallop of Mourvèdre, and in this vintage, a sprinkling of Viognier as well.
98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
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.
96 Points - Vinous
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.
96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This showcase of the historic Paderewski property, which includes 6% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier, begins with expertly captured aromas of black current, dark berry, mocha, cappuccino cream and hot vanilla cake. Elegant layers of violet, lilac and acai mesh into roasted cocoa on the palate, where polished tannins keep the waves of flavor and texture coming.
Product size: 750ml