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
38% Mourvèdre, 33% Grenache 29% Syrah
Paso Robles, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Always wise in its pursuit of balance, the 2017 Sagacious is our distinctive take on a century old blend with its savory bouquet, high-toned presence and alluring texture. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre all take turns showcasing their unique signature of herbs, florals and bright berries intertwined with black fruit; all of which showcase this unforgettable vintage in its entirety. All three varietals make a statement on your palate, making it worthy of a standing ovation
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Close to one-third each of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Syrah (it's slightly Mourvèdre-heavy), the deeper ruby/plum color of the 2017 Sagacious is followed by a meaty, savory red with lots of spiced meat, dried herbs, pepper, violets, and both red and blue fruits. Rich, full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, with plenty of underlying structure, drink it any time over the coming 8-10 years.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made up of 38% Mourvèdre, 33% Grenache and 29% Syrah aged 19 months in 40% new oak, the 2017 Sagacious has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and is youthfully mute to begin. With time in the glass, the nose blossoms to marionberries, boysenberries and cranberry preserves with accents of rhubarb, blood orange, autumn leaves, saline, cinnamon stick and amaro. Medium-bodied with dense fruit taking its time to unfurl, it has a grainy frame and juicy freshness with a long, orange- and flower-laced finish. This will benefit from another few years in bottle.
Product size: 750ml