About 15 years ago, cuttings from HVille Syrah were propagated in our greenhouse and planted on a south-facing slope that runs away from Harrisonville Road. This vineyard became known as Norman's Syrah and provides most of the fruit for this blend, along with a small amount from its mother block.
After a mild winter with very little snowfall, a relatively cool, breezy, and wet pattern followed the late-April bud break. The new shoots grew rapidly, developing a dense canopy with lots of leaf area and photosynthetic potential. Toward the end of June, things started to heat up and the moisture all but disappeared, providing great conditions for healthy ripening, with early white varieties coming into the winery before the end of August. Typical summer storms returned in September, bringing humidity and quick shots of rain every Sunday with freaky consistency. Picking continued between rain events, with all the whites and many reds coming off the vine before October 1. Hurricane Ian ripped through the mid-Atlantic in early October, dropping a couple inches of rain and pausing picking for quite some time. Thankfully, dry and windy conditions returned and then remaining reds came into the winery in great condition. The 2022 vintage will be remembered fondly for its record-breaking yields, and the purity of the fruit and rich, ripe flavors of its wines.