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.
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. (LPB)
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. (JR)
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. (MK)
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