Navarro grows Pinot Noir at nine different sites but there are copious clones, rootstocks, trellis and pruning experiments within each vineyard. As a consequence we ferment and age as many as thirty-seven different lots of estate-grown Pinots. We think that we create a deeper, more complete wine by blending our favorite sites and blocks than by bottling any one individual lot. Some blocks repeatedly end up in our best Pinot Noir which we call Deep End Blend and they generally come from three vineyard sites. The Upper Garden Spot sits at 1250 feet. The blocks planted with French ENTAV clones 115 and 114 produce complex wines with whiffs of forest floor and red fruit at ripeness. Omega is another favorite. This small vineyard sits on a bench above the valley floor at about 400 feet above sea level. It's a terraced hillside facing due south so the trellis becomes a perfect solar panel. French ENTAV Clone 667 at this site has flavors that recall black cherries.
Garden Spot Pinot Noir was our first higher elevation vineyard and is located more than 1000 feet above the valley floor. The ocean view and breezes keep the site cool during the day and the altitude keeps it warmer at night. The thin rocky soils and the temperate climate produces clusters with small berries that ripen very late in the season.
Omega, planted two years after the Garden Spot, is a site that consistently produces extraordinary deeply colored and flavored wines. The field is terraced and the vines are tightly spaced; this makes cultivation time-consuming and the tractor operator must drive slowly and carefully.
Finally the upper quarter of Hammer Olsen, which is nestled next to Omega, is planted to the American UCD clone 4, which has a lovely cinnamon stick character. This site has a lyre trellis with two distinct canopies and the fruit from the south-west facing canopy has better flavors than the other side. Navarro's vineyard and winery staff have done a lot of picking and choosing to produce this superstar Pinot Noir. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
Most of our 2004 Deep End Blend was sold as futures to Pre-Release customers at our annual barrel tasting in 2005. The lots Jim selected this vintage from the Garden Spot were all ENTAV clone 115.