Our Syrah grows along the eastern slope of Atlas Peak in Napa, on an isolated vineyard composed of gravelly, volcanic soil and surrounded by lush California wilderness. Positioned above the fog line at an elevation of 1600 ft., the east and southeast-facing site sees cool morning sun followed by shade from the bright afternoon heat provided by the ridgeline. Even for this bigger style of mountain Syrah, our approach to winemaking remains consistent--fruit is harvested when sugar levels are low to balance the wine’s powerful structure and depth with a light layer of brightness. Our limited production is vinified in steel and aged in oak barrels until ready for allocation.
2017 meteorological data: After much needed, record-breaking winter rains lingered into early Spring, the vines came out of dormancy in mid March. Wet soils and mild temperatures moved the vines through to veraison with ease, before several heat waves jumpstarted an early, quick harvest.
soil type: Volcanic tuff, alluvial gravelly loam