2013 Law Estate "Beguiling" Paso Robles Grenache-Syrah

SKU #1276554 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the gems in the vintage is the 2013 Beguiling, which is based largely on Grenache blended with 15% Syrah. Fermented in concrete tanks and aged 19 months in larger French oak puncheons, there's roughly 700 cases of this blockbuster and it offers incredible notes of kirsch, sandalwood, dried herbs and spices in a full-bodied, gorgeously textured, concentrated, layered package. The tannin shows on the finish, and this beauty deserve 3-4 years of cellaring and will drink nicely through 2028. These latest releases from Law Estate Wines, which are made by the incredibly talented Scott Hawley, are jaw dropping good, and easily the greatest wines to come from this new estate. The future looks very bright indeed. (JD)  (7/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby-red. Spice-accented raspberry, cherry and rose pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up a minerally nuance with air. Juicy and precise, offering sappy red fruit and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Rich yet lithe, delivering strong finishing cut and silky tannins that sneak in slowly. Always among the richest wines that I taste from Paso Robles, or from anywhere, frankly, during my annual tastings, this year’s lineup definitely didn’t break that trend. Owners Susie and Don Law and winemaker Scott Hawley make unapologetically extroverted, even flamboyant (but vibrant) wines from the Law’s densely planted 57 acre, limestone-rich vineyard, which sits high atop Peachy Canyon and surrounds their state-of-the-art, custom-built, gravity-fed winery. Exposure to cooling ocean winds along with the influence limestone-rich soils and wide diurnal shifts give this high-altitude site the ability to produce wines that are both massive and elegant. These wines never fail to make an impression. (JR)  (6/2016)

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.