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2010 Pinot Noir
  Deep End Blend
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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By 1994 we had a good sense of which Pinot Noir clones would make good wine on the floor of the Anderson Valley. During our "third wave" of Pinot planting, on southwest facing hillsides, we took the clones that had performed best in the valley floor, expanded the selections and continued to plant in blocks which varied by clone or rootstock. We expected that a particular site, or block, would make the best wine each year. In order to figure out the best sites or blocks, each harvest we've fermented and aged the thirty-one small blocks as separate lots of wine. To our surprise, the block that produces the "best" wine, varies year to year. Admittedly, some sites are more frequent winners than other sites, but the changing weather patterns year-to-year influence which site or block will shine in any particular year. This wine is a blend selected from our six best lots of 2010 Pinot, with blocks in the Middle Ridge and Marking Corral providing 90% of the fruit; both of these vineyards are the most exposed to the ocean and cooled by ocean breezes every afternoon.

Night harvesting Pinot Noir. [above] Cold fruit results in a slower fermentation allowing the juice more time to extract flavors from the skins. Pecorina [right] "guards" Navarro's nighttime crew then sleeps much of the day.
Pinot vines in the spring. [below] This is the last time we will sucker these vines by hand. The vines, by next vintage, will be strong enough to withstand Navarro's miniature sheep rubbing against them. (sheep have itchy backs too!)

For whatever the reason, low crop load, small berries, or an extended cool, dry summer, after we selected and blended the Deep End cuvée, the wine seemed unusually rich so we returned it to the barrel to back the abundant fruit with sensuous oak. Bottled unfiltered to display its vigor. Gold Medal winner.

Specifications
Harvested: Oct. 1 to 19, 2010 Sugars at harvest: 25.8° Brix
Bottled: February 21, 2012 Cases released: 109
Alcohol: 14.2% Titratable acidity: 6.8 g/L
pH: 3.70

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