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2020

Block 16 Syrah

Block Highlight Series

Winemaking

Aged 16 months in 24% new French oak.

Place

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.

Winemaker’s Notes

Syrah’s rugged, earthy, savory side.

Muscular concentration, elderberries, iron-veined earth, rubbed sage and yarrow.

Boysenberry concentrate, damp red earth, licorice root, and herbs on the palate; voluminous, well-formed tannins.

AVA

Columbia Valley

Drink

2025 - 2035

$70 / 750ml bottle

Scores & Reviews

97

Points

The 2020 Block 16 Syrah is aged for 16 months in 24% new French oak barrels this richer, denser, and more meaty Syrah delivers everything I love about Red Mountain Syrahs. Presenting a dark ruby-purple core with a shimmering pink rim in the glass, and gifting Red Mountain notes of spiced black plum, wild blueberry, Red Mountain sagebrush, dried violet flowers, spiced vanilla, cracked black pepper, pine forest breeze, and just a smooch of barbecued brisket, it’s a treat to behold. The palate is much leaner and tighter than the nose, but it’s only because the wine needs another 3-4 years in the bottle before you are to open it. I loved the rich, dense, and focused spicy finish. A small production of 90 cases were produced. Better in 2025 and then enjoy for 15-20 years with proper cellaring. Highly recommended and Editor’s Choice.

- Jeremy Young, International Wine Report

96

Points

Coming from a steep, northern-facing slope at the WeatherEye Vineyard, the 100% varietal ’Block 16’ Syrah was stored in 25% new French oak before bottling. Immediately this shows off bull's blood aromas with saline-drenched charcuterie and dense dark fruits. The palate is very savory and salty, with a terrific mouthfeel and great depth and character. Gorgeous in its full-throttle youth, this will easily go for another decade. Drink 2022-2035.

- Owen Bargreen

94-96

Points

The 2020 Syrah Block 16 is more dense and meaty, with ripe, meaty black and blue fruits as well as notes of graphite and pepper. These carry over to the palate, where the wine is full-bodied, has a rich, mouth-filling texture, and ripe tannins. It's a beautiful wine.

- Jeb Dunnuck