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2020

High Canyon Syrah

High Canyon Series

Winemaking

3% Viognier co-fermentation. Aged 16 months in 40% once filled barrels, 60% neutral barrels.

Place

From an extremely steep, high density pole-trained block in the High Canyon section of WeatherEye.

Winemaker’s Notes

Dark ruby/purple.

Ethereal aromas of black fruits threaded with violets, aniseed, cacao nibs, bee pollen.

Bass notes of Syrah—blackberry compote, fresh ink—in sublime counterpoint with Viognier’s floral lift glide through to the long finish.

AVA

Red Mountain

Drink

2025 - 2035

$85 / 750ml bottle

Scores & Reviews

97

Points

Very intense, the outstanding 2020 Liminal ‘High Canyon’ Syrah comes from a site near the Viognier block at the WeatherEye Vineyard. Winemaker Chris Peterson chose to co-ferment the 2020 ‘High Canyon’ Syrah with 3% Viognier in a concrete egg. Right away this shows off violets with tar, tobacco leaf and blackberry cordial on the nose. There is the faintest high-toned honeysuckle note from the Viognier that adds to the enjoyment. The palate is rich and deep, with light tannins that frame the core of hedonistic dark fruits, scorched earth and graphite undertones. This is nothing short of unbelievably good. Drink 2022-2036.

- Owen Bargreen

96

Points

About 3% Viognier is co-fermented with WeatherEye Syrah from Red Mountain to give it some aromatic lift, and then it’s aged for 16 months in 40% once-filled barrels and 60% neutral French oak. Showcasing a deep purple ruby core with a neon dark pink rim, this is an almost perfect wine from Chris Peterson. I sat in awe enjoying the nose for over 15 minutes before I could even take a sip - think classic Red Mountain Syrah aromas of boysenberry, blackberry preserve, dried Red Mountain sagebrush, smoked beef, crushed black olives, powdered green peppercorn, dried blueberry fruit leather, toasted vanilla pod, and sweet baking spices. Tannins are wonderfully integrated into the backbone of the luscious acidity, and full-bodied and earth-forward finish. It’s spectacular. Get your hands on this bottle of wine before they all disappear. Just 122 cases produced. Highly recommended.

- Jeremy Young, International Wine Report

94

Points

With a wine like this, I can see why everyone is talking about the WeatherEye Vineyard. This masterful Syrah has the kind of black fruit, white pepper, violets and citrus notes that first made me fall in love with Côte-Rôtie. There’s even a tiny note that smells like pork fat dripping down to hit hot coals. Editors’ Choice.

- Michael Alberty, Wine Enthusiast

93-95

Points

I loved the 2020 Syrah High Canyon, which includes 3-4% Viognier. It has tons of blue fruits, violets, graphite, and scorched earth notes in a full-bodied, rich, balanced, textured package.

- Jeb Dunnuck