(96+pts-WineAdvocate, 93pts-Wine Spectator)
Never before has there been a wine that has made everyone in the blending trials go silent, until this 2013 Intrepid. Combining two northern Rhone clonal selections from cooler faces, integrating 35% stem inclusion, and aging for 22 months in French oak lay the foundation to Intrepid’s stunning complexity and textural length that are nothing short of mind-blowing. Aromatics of dark berries, finely ground white pepper and cedar cigar-box, pave the way to a profile of explosive black fruit and savory herbs intertwined with coffee and charcuterie. This cerebral wine is smoking now and will continue to excite for the next 15-20 years.
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.