It’s only fitting that the Parmelee-Hill Syrah vines are, in fact, grown on a hillside, though the name of this Sonoma Coast site actually comes from Steve Hill and Gwen Parmelee-Hill, who purchased the site from Ed Durell in 1994 after Steve had been the vineyard manager of Durell Vineyard for 15 years.
The 52-acre Parmelee-Hill Vineyard grows on the protected side of a hill, where the climate is typical of coastally influenced areas: morning fog retreats during warming midday hours. The warmth is commonly broken, however, by intense afternoon ocean winds that quickly drop the temperature. This type of climate tends to be self-restricting, resulting in naturally low-yielding vines producing fruit with intense flavor.
FROM PARMELEE-HILL VINEYARD