2013 Law Estate "Intrepid" Paso Robles Syrah

SKU #1276555 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Intrepid is 100% Syrah and was raised 20 months in 60% new barrels. It sports a deep ruby color to go with savory, mineral and smoky notes of wild herbs, toasted spice, chocolate and ample dark fruits. It carries its 15.5% alcohol beautifully and is full-bodied, deep, rich and layered, with an awesome texture. 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)

94 points Vinous

 Dark purple. Black and blue fruits, licorice pastille, potpourri, olive and smoky oak on the exotically perfumed nose. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated but lithe cassis, blueberry and spicecake flavors and a strong suggestion of candied flowers. This wine is channeling the northern Rhône big-time. Shows superb energy as well as depth, finishing sweet, smoky and extremely long, with harmonious tannins and lingering spiciness. 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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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.5