The Rancho Catacula vineyard is located in the Chiles Valley AVA of Napa Valley, directly east of St. Helena. This site was originally part of the 8,500 acre Mexican land grant given to Joseph Ballinger Chiles in 1844, which he proceeded to call Rancho Catacula. The vineyard has a distinctive red soil with green bands of sobrabte gravel loam and red metachert schistous bedrock. Planted at 1,800 feet of elevation, this vineyard has a wild energy.
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 nearly ideal fruit set. The rest of the growing season we experienced cool and foggy mornings that allowed for the grapes to ripen slowly. We had our longest harvest to-date starting on August 22nd and ending on October 30th.
soil type: gravel loam, red metachert schistous bedrock
23.9 °Bx | pH 3.74 | TA 5.8 g/L | 14.5% alc.
SCRIBE Rancho Catacula Syrah is one of our limited production wines released throughout the year to SVS members. To find out more information about joining the SVS to gain access to these specialty wines and other member benefits, click here or call us at 707.939.1858.