WeatherEye Estate Syrah 2020

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    15.00% /
    750ml /
    Vintage: 2020
    • WA 95
    • IWR 97
    • JD 96
    • RS 19.50/20
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    Crafted by Winemaker Todd Alexander with consulting expertise, WeatherEye Estate Syrah 2020 reveals itself in a captivating deep ruby red hue. On the nose, this wine dances with vibrant aromas of earthy grains, fragrant herbs, and luscious red currants. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak, and a subtle tea essence add depth to the bouquet.

    The palate is a symphony of richness and muscularity, balancing crispness with an indulgent, oily texture. Robust yet refined tannins take center stage, leading to a long, savory finish reminiscent of perfectly barbecued meat.

    The 2020 Syrah from WeatherEye Vineyards has garnered impressive critical acclaim. Wine Advocate awards it 95 points, describing its dark-fruited nose, succulent herbs, and spicy black plums, all wrapped in fine-grained tannins. International Wine Report raves about its enticing aromas of wild blueberries and crushed peppercorns, followed by lush huckleberry and black olive tones on the palate, awarding it a stellar 97 points. Jeb Dunnuck joins the chorus with 96 points, celebrating its smoky black fruits, leather, and opulent texture. Notably, Rand Sealey scores it at 19.5/20 points, praising its bold yet refined character, with layers of black and blue fruits, cocoa, and roasted coffee beans, all culminating in a warm, lengthy finish.

    WeatherEye Estate Syrah 2020 is a wine of distinction, an exceptional embodiment of craftsmanship and terroir that promises to delight connoisseurs and evolve gracefully with time. This is a wine to savor on special occasions or to cellar for future pleasures.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WA 95
    Wine Advocate
    Beautifully dense, the 2020 Syrah is firm with a dark-fruited nose with a broad-shouldered expression showing a kiss of volatility and juicy blackberry skin, succulent herbs and spices with notions of resinous purple flowers. Full-bodied, open and fresh, the Syrah offers spicy notions of spiced black plums and dark cherries with hints of savory peppercorn notes that sway with fine-grained tannins. The wine continues to unfold and uncoil on the palate, ending with a food-friendly finish. This will benefit from additional years in the bottle. Give it another year or two in the bottle after its release later this year. The wine rested in large-format barrels, 25% new oak. Give it a try. 2,700 bottles produced. 95 points
    IWR 97
    International Wine Report
    odd Alexander has knocked it out of the park with the Estate Syrah from Weathereye. In the glass, it sports a dark purple core with a blueish-tinted rim. Wild blueberry, blue plum, crushed peppercorn, roasted brisket, mountain sagebrush, mocha powder, and scorched clove are wonderfully integrated and beautifully presented. It’s hard to get past the nose because it’s so enticing and gorgeous, but once you do, be prepared for lush huckleberry and black olive tones on the medium to full-bodied palate. Perfect levels of acidity, silky tannins, and a lengthy perfect finish. If you can find this bottle of wine, buy 6 and open one up every other year for the next 12 years. Highly recommended and editor’s choice. 97 points
    JD 96
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Smoky black fruits, leather, ground pepper, violets, and hints of game all emerge from the 2020 Syrah Estate, a voluptuously textured, full-bodied, opulent Syrah that has plenty of tannins, terrific mid-palate density, and outstanding length. It's another gorgeous wine from this team that readers will love. 96 points
    RS 19.50/20
    Rand Sealey
    This is a bold yet refined high elevation Syrah. It displays an inky purplish crimson color and an intense nose of blackberry, blueberry, black currant, blood orange, crushed black roses, tobacco, bayberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, violets and wafts of spiced incense. The flavors, as well, are mouth encompassing and powerful, with layers of black and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, 85% cacao, roasted coffee beans and mountain top minerals. On the back, the intensity continues with macerated fruits, roasted walnuts, crème de cassis, blueberry preserves and recurring orange peel, followed by a warm (15% alcohol) lengthy finish that is smoothed out by sweetish tannins.

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    Winemaker of WeatherEye Estate Syrah 2020

    Todd Alexander

    Meet Todd Alexander, an exceptional winemaker with a stellar reputation. Hailing from Napa Valley, Todd gained invaluable experience and rose to prominence while working on production teams at renowned wineries such as Plumpjack and CADE. His talent and dedication eventually led him to the esteemed position of winemaker at the illustrious Bryant Family Vineyard. In 2014, Todd made a bold move, relocating his family to Washington to assume the role of winemaker at Force Majeure. Simultaneously, he embarked on his own venture, founding Holocene wines. Todd's creations have consistently received critical acclaim, earning him a well-deserved status as one of the foremost winemaking talents in the United States.
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