Navarro’s 2001 Pinot Noir, Méthode à l'Ancienne is particularly delicious accompanying fresh grilled salmon drizzled with a mustard dill sauce but that is not the full scope of what we mean when we say that our Pinot Noir is fish friendly. This summer Navarro Vineyards was recognized by the California State Senate and Assembly on the occasion of being certified as a Fish Friendly Farm. Fish Friendly Farming is a voluntary program that addresses recovery efforts for the federally listed threatened Coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead trout in North Coast watersheds. We spent well over a year developing a comprehensive conservation plan for Navarro Ranch. Then a team from three agencies, the National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Game and the Regional Water Quality Control Board reviewed our plan, visited the vineyards and officially certified Navarro as Fish Friendly.
Deborah’s great grandfather George Washington Stern on a fishing trip with guide Pete Solomon in 1897. We have a family tradition of spending Ted’s birthday line fishing for wild salmon. We try to farm Navarro Vineyards in such a way that generations to come will also be able to enjoy a fresh salmon dinner after they recover from an early morning bout of sea sickness.
Fish Friendly Farming plan includes beneficial practices such as using cover crops between vine rows to reduce sedimentation, careful design of vineyard and road drainage, annual monitoring of erosion-control measures, especially after rain, and protection of the riparian corridor.
Méthode à l'Ancienne is a fancy way to say the "old fashioned way" and it refers to the fact that we gently punch down the cap of our fermenting Pinot Noir rather than pumping- over. It is a labor intensive way to make Pinot but it helps minimize harsh tannins and enhances the bright fruit. It feels right that we are farming in such a way as to help restore the streams in the North Coast so that future generations will have the pleasure of drinking a delicious, hand crafted bottle of Pinot Noir with a freshly caught wild salmon. Silver Medal winner.