Proper was listed as one of ten "wines to watch" in Wine Spectator's 2015 Top 100 edition!
David Houle, a financial advisor, and Conor McCluskey, who runs an email marketing business, both live in Colorado Springs, CO, but their wine-loving hearts are in The Rocks District of Walla Walla. Big fans of Cayuse Syrahs, grown in the same area, they and their wives partnered with three other couples in 2006 to buy an 8-acre cherry orchard. Trees were pulled out and four acres of Syrah planted in 2007. They sold most of the initial 2009 harvest, but after tasting the small batch they made separately they decided to team with Sean Boyd, proprietor and winemaker of Rotie Cellars, to start their own label in 2010. Every vintage since has rated outstanding, consistently attaining a deft tension between richness of fruit, mineral and black olive overtones. An additional 2.5 acres will be coming into production next year.