* BLACK RASPBERRY * CHAPPARAL * GREEN PEPPERCORN *

The east side of Atlas Peak is an incredibly difficult place to farm for the same reason we are enamored by it: its wildness.

At 1600 ft, tucked just below the ridgeline, our three acres of vines are surrounded by wilderness. All that lives and grows here is rooted in the mountain’s volcanic tuff and alluvial gravel loam which is fertile and quick to drain. This vintage is a reflection of the ideal growing conditions we saw that year–a cool winter with steady rainfall, minimal wind and rain during flowering and cool, foggy mornings during the growing season that allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. The weather also gave us our longest harvest to date from late August to the final days of October.

This site is constantly teaching and, ultimately, humbling us to nature’s ways. Because there is no changing the natural course of this land, and therefore what grows from it, the Syrah planted here is true unto itself and the site year after year.

Photography by Clay Grier and Conor Hagen.

Film by Conor Hagen.