The earth is what the Italians call galestro, a loose composition of calcium rich clay and shale that crumbles into dust upon contact with the air. It’s poor soil that struggles to retain any moisture and warms up rapidly under the midday sun. The vines face a struggle to grow, root and bear fruits, a stressful condition that ensures an uncommon crop. Not any grape varietal can grow and reach maturity at this altitude in what is essentially a mountain climate, most red grapes will not ripen, but pinot noir seems to have found here a congenial new habitat. High elevation with a peculiar nordic influence also means a longer growing season and harvests that last well into the month of October.