Fingers Crossed SYRAH 2020
And last, but far from least, comes the king. Sitting atop his throne, this applaud-worthy wine is build for the ages. If properly stored, your kids will be able to consume this elixir with their kids. That's assuming one has the ability to exercise superhuman patience and self-control...
Like an olive tree, this 2020 Syrah is planted for the future generations to enjoy. Dark as the night sky, oozing with poached fruits, cracked pepper, smoked meats and tar, radiating with bright candied pomegranate acidity, and finishing oh-so-long. The noble king absorbed every ounce of new French oak we threw his way, gobbling it up like salt on a rib-eye from Snake River Farms. A few dashes of White Wine, Grenache and Mourvedre were blended into the final cuvee for added complexity, polish and panache. This year's stems were perfectly lignified (firm, brown, and full of spice and herb character as opposed to green and sappy/vegetal) and as such, we opted to include a larger amount of them than in the past - 40% stem inclusion to be exact. It didn't take long before the crevices on our hands were stained deep purple after working with this stuff, which took weeks to fully fade from our flesh. During the 20 months of aging, the wine was raced once barrel-to-barrel via gravity to keep the flowers in bloom, so to speak. Like a young vintage in bottle that benefits from a decant, a breath of oxygen to the newborn Syrah can (and does) go a long way in nurturing fresh, open-knit, and plush characteristics. We could go on and on about what's in store for you here and fill countless pages with exclamation marks and expletives, but trust us on this - you are going to want this in your arsenal. | Nikolas & Julia Krankl, Fingers Crossed
The Wine Independent
"The 2020 Syrah Head Held High comes from Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. Very deep purple-black colored, it needs a little swirling to unlock notes of chocolate-covered cherries, tar, lilacs, and charcuterie with hints of truffles and licorice. The palate is full-bodied, rich, and concentrated, with bags of freshness delivering energy and tension to the densely packed layers. Plush, beautifully rounded tannins coat the mouth, and the finish is epically long and savory. Forget it in the cellar for 5-6 years and then enjoy it over the next 20-years+. 312 cases were made."
Lastly, the 2020 Syrah Head Held High is a rich, powerful wine that shows the warmer style of the vintage while staying focused, pure, and balanced. Blackberries, black pepper, violets, game, and a kiss of iodine all flow to a full-bodied Syrah with silky tannins, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a gorgeous finish. It's another singular, remarkable wine from this incredibly talented team that I wish every reader could taste.
The 2020 Syrah Head Held High comes from the Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. The Syrah is blended with 7% Grenache, 1% Mourvèdre and 4% white wine and was vinified using 40% whole clusters. It matured in 79% new French oak barrels for 20 months and was bottled in July of 2022. Opaque ruby-black in color, the nose features alluring peppermint patty, violet, tar, coffee bean and underbrush aromas that complement a deep core of cassis. The full-bodied palate boasts luxuriously powdery tannins and latent tones of wild game, wildflowers and tea leaves that linger on the finish. It's remarkably complete at this youthful stage and could merit a higher score as it unfolds in the bottle. It should be very long-lived. The Head Held High Syrah will be sold as part of a six-bottle set that will include two bottles each of white wine, Syrah and Grenache for $684. Only 312 cases were made.