Block 16 Syrah
Block Highlight Series
Aged 16 months in 24% new French oak.
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.
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.
2025 - 2035
$70 / 750ml bottle
Scores & Reviews
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
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
Dark and moody in the glass, the 2020 Syrah Block Highlight Series WeatherEye Vineyard Block 16 grumbles up with a bouquet of crushed ashen stones, musky black currants and savory spice. This washes across the palate with silky textural fruits, yet quickly gains tension through a core of brisk acidity and salty minerals. The 2020 lingers impossibly long, as nearly a minute goes by, and I can still feel its silty tannins and the beautiful inner floral perfumes that linger. This is a beast in need of taming.
- Eric Guido, Vinous
Notes of ripe plums and blueberries with licorice, vanilla, violets, cocoa and wet stones. Full and structured on the palate with layers with plush, velvety tannins coating a deep core of dark and blue berries. It’s broad and complex with a lingering finish. Attractive now, but better after 2024.
- James Suckling
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