95pts 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.
94pts 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.
Philipp Pfunder was assistant winemaker at Law Estate from 2016 to 2019—in 2019 he became head winemaker. He’s worked at a broad range of wineries, including Kumeu River in New Zealand, Château Angélus in Bordeaux and Screaming Eagle in Napa.
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.
Blend: 38% Mourvèdre, 33% Grenache, 29% Syrah