2018

Block 16 Syrah

Block Highlight Series

Blend: 100% Syrah AVA: Columbia Valley
Drink: 2022-2033 Price: $180 / 3 pack

Winemaking

Aged 16 months in 25% 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.

Think

Embers of a recently doused flame. Density—depth.

Winemaker’s Notes

Black mountain fruits, high-toned flower notes and cured meats. Hints of citrus.
Deep ebony notes on the palate, lightened by bright acidity glinting like sapphire.
Palate is deep, complex of dark fruit and damp earth, asphalt with hints of crushed rose.
Broad, deeply compelling with a floral levity. There’s something of the patisserie here: compote of berries—dark chocolate tart—candied lavender.

Scores & Reviews

94-96+ Points

"The 2018 Syrah Block 16 offers sensational notes of smoked black fruits, lavender, violets, and smoked earth. It has a wonderful sense of minerality, medium to full body, fine tannins, and just about perfect balance. This is from young vines, but wow, stunning stuff."

- Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020

"Unquestionably, one of the most exciting new projects in Washington State is that of Liminal, which focuses on the newly planted WeatherEye Vineyard located at the very top of Red Mountain. A collaboration between Ryan Johnson and Cam Myhrvold, who managed the vineyard, and Marty Taucher and Chris Peterson who handle the winemaking, this is a star- studded team. As I hope the reviews show, these are awesome wines, which is even more impressive given that this is brand new vineyard. I’ve no doubt the best is still to come as well!"

- Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020

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