When we planted Law Vineyards we anticipated the Grenache being incredible. We then opted to blend a fair bit of Syrah for its reliability from vintage to vintage in our area and its flexibility as a blending component. We planted 5 clonal selection on 5 different blocks each with a subtly different aspect. As expected it does amazing things in our blends. What surprised us a little bit was how incredibly good it would be on its own. Utilizing punch downs for cap management and a long slow fermentation we manage to get wines with incredible texture and weight with plenty of acid to keep them fresh and never cumbersome. Once basket pressed the wine is barreled down to 228L French oak barrels of which 50% to 55% are new. A variety of coopers, forest selections and toast levels are used to age the wines in a manner that helps the wine develop but respects the nature of the fruit. The wine was aged on its lees for 22 months prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered.
95 Points, Robert Parker
The inky-colored 2011 Intrepid checks in as a blend of 100% Syrah that spent 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels. It's another smoking effort from this estate that gives up classy framboise, black licorice, chocolatey oak and toasted spice to go with a full-bodied, layered and thrillingly pure profile on the palate. Top class all the way, it will be better in another year and have upward of a decade of longevity.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast - Matt Kettmann
Winemaker Scott Hawley delivers deep and dark aromas of blueberry and mint against a backdrop of bacon fat and barrel smoke. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, with more blueberry plus anise, black licorice and a canvas of minty herbs that also reveal a touch of bitterness.
90 Points, Wine Spectator - James Laube
Firm, rich, dense and gutsy, with a muscular mix of tannins and notes of dark berry, loamy earth, crushed rock and savory. Ends with tannic grip. Syrah. Drink now through 2027. 537 cases made.