The Terra Felice Syrah is a proprietary blend of some of our best Syrah estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. We plant our Syrah vineyards in heavier clay soils with 1 meter by 2-meter spacing to create competition amongst the vines. This style of planting causes the vines to put more energy into the ripening of fruit instead of expanding its root reach, the length of its canes or fuller canopies. We farm our Syrah to ensure the seeds and stems will ripen on the vine before we harvest the grapes, giving sweeter tannins to the wine.
The growing season of 2017 stayed wet with spring rains and cooler temperatures, providing moist soil reserves through the summer. The summer had stretches of hot days throughout, especially over the Labor Day weekend, when the harvest was at its peak. We were very lucky in October 2017 that the Tubbs Fire, which burned from Calistoga to Santa Rosa, stopped 1.5 miles from our properties. Across Sonoma County as well as in our vineyards, 95% of all wine grapes were already harvested and were not affected by the smoke from these devastating fires.