Peter and Deanne Franus have been crafting fantastic wines from select vineyards in Napa, Carneros, and Mt. Veeder for over 30 years. Peter believes in a non-interventionist approach to winemaking through a respect for tradition and a heavy reliance on intuition, feel, and the experience he has acquired from more than three decades of winemaking. 

In addition to soil structure, micro-climate and exposition of each vineyard, Peter is quick to name the grape grower as well, as each site provides a unique part of his wines: "Distinctive wines can only come from outstanding fruit which is listed to certain unique sites and microclimates. Grapes from these sources do not require a lot of manipulation and have the greatest potential to produce the most exciting wines on the market today. I have the good fortune to work with some of the best growers anywhere who are pleased when their grapes do not disappear in massive blends."

Where possible, indigenous yeasts are utilized and sulfur is kept to a minimum. iElevagei occurs in 500L barrels to limit oxygen contact and minimize the influence of oak. Obvious themes permeate the making of these Syrahs, but each affords a unique snapshot of the Santa Barbara region. The wines of Piedrasassi will stimulate not only the palate, but the mind as well.

DOMAINE de l'HORTUS 2014 GRAND CUVEE  ROUGE
60% Syrah | 35% Grenache | 5% Mourvedre

BERGERIE de l'HORTUS 2015 CLASSIQUE  ROUGE
60% Syrah | 35% Grenache | 5% Mourvedre

LE LOUP DANS LE BERGERIE 2015 ROUGE

80% Grenache | 20% Syrah

LOUP Y ES-TU? 2015 BLANC

80% Muscat | 10% Chardonnay | 10% Viognier