Wine Report 2008 by Tom Stevenson
CALIFORNIA'S 10 GREATEST WINE PRODUCERS
No.1 Navarro Vineyards
The Great Wines of America by Paul Lukacs
"Navarro Vineyards produces some of America's most exciting wines from these vines, including an exquisite dry Gewürztraminer, redolent with the floral scents and delicately layered flavors that characterize the world's finest expression of this varietal."
New California Wine by Matt Kramer
"Overall, for table wines Navarro is today the single best winery in Anderson Valley. One rarely sees them on retail shelves, although the wines do appear on restaurants lists."
North American Pinot Noir by John Haeger
"The (Méthode à l'Ancienne and Deep End) wines are classic Anderson Valley pinots, dominated by bright cherry and with generally high acid, that rarely show optimally until three to five years after the vintage but hold up quite well thereafter."
Riesling by Stuart Pigott
"(Navarro) produces a string of Riesling wines with an unsurpassed elegance for California. ...The late-harvest Cluster Select wine is a rich botrytized Riesling dessert wine of astonishing elegance and finesse. ...its high natural acidity gives it a scintillating brilliance on the palate unlike anything else to be found in the state."
The Wine Atlas of California by Bob Thompson
"One of California's best Gewürztraminers.... Also firm, fine Chardonnay "Première Reserve" and Pinot Noir "Méthode à l'Ancienne."
California Wine Country by Karen MacNeil
"There's a spirit of generosity here about the way the staff pours any wines of choice from the fairly long list of beautifully crafted Pinot Noirs, Riesling and Gewürztraminer (one of California's great ones)."
Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007
"Navarro's founding owners, Ted Bennett and Deborah Cahn, continue making great wines at terrific prices, selling primarily to mailing-list customers and restaurants."
-James Laube, December 31, 2007.
San Francisco Chronicle
Top 100 Wines of 2007/Best of the West
"The 2006 Gewürztraminer bottling marks a quintessential example of the dry Alsatian style that Navarro pioneered in Mendocino's Anderson Valley. A minerality adds nuance to the unmistakable rose and lychee scents, and the lean, high-acid texture leads to a lingering finish."
-Jon Bonné, December 2, 2007
The New York Times
A Finicky Grape Finds New Glory
"Navarro's 2005 Gewürz is bone dry, delicate and gorgeous with the classic aromas of roses, minerals, grapefruit and litchi."
-Eric Asimov, September 27, 2006.