Overview of the Wine
Beyond Category has amassed a serious following for its compelling power, distinct complexity and vast evolution in bottle. This Rioja driven beauty provides an experience of pure silk, as the deep texture of Tempranillo drapes across your palate. Layers of dark fruit, fig, fresh herbs and dark cacao, contribute largely to its electric core of bright, bursting fruit. Graciano and Grenache dazzle and whet all of one’s senses, for an insatiably long finish.
Being a gravity-fed winery allows us to stay true to our winemaking principle. We utilize concrete fermenters due to their pinpoint temperature regulating abilities as well as their small, yet signifcant, amount of gas exchange from the concrete’s natural porosity. Wines are drained and pressed before they go into a mixture of 100% French oak of which 30%-75% may be new depending on the blend. Once in barrel, the wine remains on its lees for an aging of 22-24 months before it is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Our wines then remain in bottle for an additional year and a half before they are released.
We are committed to making exceptional wines through sustainable and organic farming practices with minimal inputs.
Grape / Blend
48% Tempranillo, 26% Graciano, 20% Grenache, 6% Carignan
Paso Robles, California
About the Producer
The winery was designed by BAR Architects using a minimalist approach to wine making and the Law’s preferred clean and contemporary style. The focal points of the design are an unobstructed view of the remarkable estate vineyard and a simple process flow for our handcrafted winemaking approach.
Solar panels provide nearly all of the facility’s electrical needs. Ample natural light on the crush pad and in the fermentation room decreases energy usage. We utilize gravity for movement of wine instead of traditional pumping methods. Our subterranean concrete building for processing and barrel storage aids in temperature control and decreases energy demands. The butterfly design roofs collect rainwater, and the bio-reactor recycles production waste water, both of which contribute to irrigating our vineyards.
96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
A Rioja-like blend of 48% Tempranillo, 26% Graciano, 20% Grenache, and the rest Carignan, the deep purple 2017 Beyond Category spent 26 months in 47% new French oak prior to bottling. With lots of cassis fruit as well as notes of ground pepper, spiced meat, graphite, and dried earth, it hits the palate with gorgeous purity of fruit, full-bodied richness, and classic Tempranillo structure and tannins. It still has the fruit and opulence to shine today, but it's going to be better with 2-3 years of bottle age.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still in barrel, the 2017 Beyond Category is made up of 48% Tempranillo, 26% Graciano, 20% Grenache and 6% Carignan. It's expected to age a bit longer this vintage, for 27 months. This will be blended and bottled in early 2020. Opaque ruby-purple, it explodes from the glass with bold scents of crème de cassis, boysenberry and blueberry jam, molten chocolate, licorice, lilacs, toasted coconut and a faint waft of tapenade and grilled meat. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with flavor but surprisingly light on its feet, with a pixelated frame and seamless freshness, finishing very long, layered and lifted.
Product size: 750ml