* WILD BLACKBERRY * BAY LAUREL * GRAPHITE *
The vineyard is planted on a steep and rocky plot on the East Side slope of Atlas Peak, circumscribed by wildlands. Perched above the fog line at 1600 feet, consistent morning sun exposure nurtures bright fruit while the mountain's volcanic tuff and alluvial gravely loam lend earthy nuance.
2018 meteorological data: After several years of drought and the North Bay fires at the end of the 2017 harvest, the 2018 vintage was a welcome return to "normal." The winter was cool and with steady rainfall that delayed bud break by about 3-4 weeks compared to the previous years of drought & irregularly warm winters. The flowering period had a minimal amount of rain and wind which provided for a nearly ideal fruit set. The rest of the growing season brought cool and foggy mornings, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.
soil type: sandy loam clay, gravel, and red earth
24.3 °Bx | pH 3.63 | TA 6.O g/L | 14% alc.