The 2005 vintage was a great one in Europe and also exceeded expectations in Philo. We produced 44 separate vineyard lots of Pinot Noir and after aging them for almost a year we chose the best barrels from the five best lots; we selected for finesse, complexity and depth. There was less wine produced than previous vintages due to a light harvest and most was purchased right out of the barrel well before there was any publicity. As wine competition results rolled in we had reason to beam. This bottling garnered four Gold Medals and was declared Best New World Pinot Noir at the New World International Wine Competition and then Best Pinot Noir at the Los Angeles County Fair. Needless to say we wish we had 667 cases rather than the paltry 67 we have remaining. Gold Medal winner. 3 bottle limit.
Navarro's Pre-Release friends purchased the majority of our best Pinot as futures at Navarro's Deep End barrel tasting in August 2006. The 2005
Deep End Blend was aged in 70% new French barrels and the remainder in one year old barrels. It was bottled unfiltered and reveals hints of violets, dark cherry and strawberry preserves on toast.