This lovely dry wine is sourced from a small Syrah vineyard planted on a perfectly situated hillside vineyard in the southern reaches of Monterey County, not far from the town of Lockwood. Tre Gatti is owned and cared-for by Paul and Paula Getzelman who are self-taught vineyardists who farm the property themselves. The care and pride in the vineyard shows. Head-trained vines are planted in soil that any Rhône aficionado would appreciate – calcareous, well-drained, rocky soil on a southerly slope.
The drought affected the San Antonio drastically. Tre Gatti is normally mostly dry-farmed (it is normally not irrigated unless absolutely necessary) but lack of winter rain put a great deal of stress on these vines and it was difficult to farm during those years. The small harvest and tiny clusters produced aromatic and flavorful grapes which in turn developed into a sophisticated wine that will surprise those accustomed to California Syrah.