Block 16 Syrah
Block Highlight Series
Steel native ferment. Aged 16 months in 25% new French oak and 500L puncheon.
This comes from the highest planting on WeatherEye, a small north-facing, 1-meter by 2-meter block. It has immediately distinguished itself from the Red Mountain side and shows a great complexity.
Black, black cherry and elderberry reduction, savory olive tinge, wild yarrow—spring violets, herbs blown up the mountain—
sleek strength, resolute, mountain stream river rock—
from the vertiginous north-facing heights,
bracing the elements, its core stronger for the effort.
2024 - 2034
$180 / 3-pack
Scores & Reviews
The 2019 Syrah Block 16 comes from a higher elevation, northern facing parcel and was mostly destemmed and saw 25% new French oak. It's a full-bodied, pure, balanced, impressive Syrah delivering awesome notes of darker berry fruits, violets, ground pepper, and smoked meats. Just beautiful on all accounts, it has silky tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. It's another heavenly Syrah from this team that readers will absolutely love.
- Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the highest portion of the WeatherEye Vineyard on Red Mountain, this 100% Syrah is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 16 months in 25% new French oak and 500L puncheon. Think about what you love about perfectly crafted Syrahs from Washington state, and this wine delivers that in spades. Imagine notes of blackberry, elderberry, smoked game, black olive tapenade, pink peppercorn, grapefruit zest and smokey potpourri - all wrapped up in a bow alongside medium plus acidity and chalky tannins. Please do not open this before 2024 and then open a bottle each year for the next decade or so and watch how it develops. Only 96 cases produced.
- Jeremy Young, International Wine Report
Fruit for this wine comes from the top of Red Mountain, on a north-facing block. The aromas of plum, blue fruit and cigar box are ripe and show purity. On the palate, there’s deftness to the full-bodied fruit flavors, with lightly grainy tannins backing it up. It hangs on the finish, needing time to show its best. Drink after 2025. If you’re looking for a marathon runner, this one will win the race. Cellar Selection.
- Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
Carries both a savoury nose and a palate with still-firm, though very fine, only lightly tactile tannin. This Syrah needs a lot of air to open and become more expressive, but then it has a lot of interest to offer – a mix of purple fruits, light floral lift and plenty of savoury, meaty and deep herbal notes. The flavours are lightly brooding but the acidity is fresh and refreshing. It will benefit from another year in bottle but not because of structural age but because the wine feels as if it is in an introspective phase and will become more open and expressive with a little additional time. This is a serious wine, well made and impressive. Nice finesse. Carries the alcohol impressively well.
- Elaine Chukan Brown, JancisRobinson.com