Since the 1994 vintage, the best part of Navarro's Pinot Noir has been pre-sold a year before release. We call our favorite Pinot Noir the Deep End Blend. Deep End is an old Boontling term for the chilly, northwestern edge of the Anderson Valley where the grapes, cooled by ocean breezes, mature slowly and ripen late. This wine is a blend of our best lots from our best Deep End vineyards, aged in our best barrels, so it is a special wine that we can only produce in a limited quantity. Each of Navarro's vineyard sites was harvested separately by clonal selection within the block. Six components, out of a possible forty-one, were selected for the 2012 Deep End Blend Pinot Noir. Three lots from the Marking Corral vineyards comprise over 40% of the final cuvée: clones 115, 667 and 777. Clones 115 and 114 from the Garden Spot are essential additions, as is the Upper South Hill, which is planted in clone 777. Almost perfect harvest conditions, pleasantly warm days and chilly nights, produced exceptional fruit at optimum ripeness in 2012.
Tasting a barrel sample before a wine is packaged and bottle-aged requires skill and imagination. It takes experience to predict how a wine will taste a year down the road. Navarro's Pre-Release members have practiced the art of barrel sampling Navarro Pinot Noir since the 1994 vintage at the August Futures Offering and Barrel Tasting and they end up ordering the lion's share.
Please note: The 2012 Deep End Blend is not available for pick up or delivery until August, 2014. Shipping and tax are paid at time of delivery.
Marking Corral vineyards are located about 1200 feet above the valley floor. Ocean breezes, southwest-facing slopes, well-drained soil, planted in 115, 667 and 777 clonal selections, makes these Pinot Noirs, produced from grapes nourished in lofty heights, three of our favorite lots in 2012.
The flavors are deep and rich, with a delightful mix of red and black fruits and a fine tannin structure that bodes well for ageing. Selling Navarro's Deep End Blend Pinot Noir as futures to our web friends allows us to reserve our best Pinot Noir to our most connected customers at an old-fashioned price. We will bottle the 2012 Deep End Blend in February 2014, then age it in our cellar another six months. Wine purchased as futures will be available for pick up or delivery in 2014 from mid-August until November. Price does not include sales tax or shipping which will be collected when the wine is shipped. The futures offering ends when the quantities set aside are fully subscribed and no later than August 31, 2013. Futures are available in a three pack, a six pack, a twelve pack or a two bottle magnum pack.