This is our eleventh bottling of Old Vine Zinfandel and typically it represents only 10% to 15% of Navarro's total Zinfandel production. Al Tollini's Old Block vines continually produce delicious, concentrated wines and have been the major component in this bottling for nine of the eleven past vintages. Old Block sounds like Al's other vines are youngsters, but even they are in their sixties. The vines in the Old Block are a decade or two older and, at this advanced age, they are, unsurprisingly, less productive. Al painstakingly picks the block separately for Navarro. We ferment and age this elixir as an individual lot; it constitutes 77% of the 2010 blend. We discovered Ed Berry's vineyard in 2000; the site is protected from the wind and his vines produce some of our ripest fruit.
Jim Klein, Al Tollini and Rosey in the old block Zinfandel.
Ed Berry has been farming 100 acres in Talmage, alongside his parents, since 1976. He understands that good farmers take care of their land in a way that makes it available for their children and their children's children.
This vineyard has consistently produced exceptional wine and Berry's grapes have been in each of the last six vintages of Old Vine Zinfandel; in this bottling, Berry accounts for 23% of the blend. Delicate tannins make this wine approachable with lingering flavors of huckleberry, blackberry jam and Italian plum tart. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
Sylvain Gasdon, Navarro's 2010 harvest chef, is a charcutier from Normandy who understands that good food, like good wine, takes time, tradition and meticulous attention.