This is our thirty-fifth year of growing grapes; we're getting older and we actually think it is fun to sit on our porch and watch birds. We were thrilled when one of our customers, a wildlife biologist and field ornithologist, shared his list of 48 species of birds he had observed while visiting Navarro: Red-tailed hawk, Ring-necked Duck, Western Scrub-Jay, Yellow-Rumped Warbler and Allen's Hummingbird to name a few, and we knew he had missed, among others, the Western Barn Owl that visits many evenings. Healthy vineyards, free of herbicides and insecticides, host diverse birds, a sundry of insects and the vegetation to feed them. Navarro's best Pinot Noir tastes so good because it comes from healthy vineyards. Diverse clones planted on different rootstocks in a variety of hillside sites results in complexity and it is this complexity which makes Pinot so engaging.
Pinot clusters are dark and when exposed to direct sun, the berries can be up to 30°F warmer than the air temperature. Leaves protect the fruit from direct sunlight during the growing season. The day before harvest we remove leaves to make the grapes visible to the pickers.
Navarro's two livestock guardian puppies are being raised in the vineyard and have already bonded with the sheep that graze the cover crop. When fully grown, Jefe (left) and Capo (right) will protect the sheep from predators
The wine was fermented in small open-top bins, punched down by hand the old fashioned way and than aged for a year in a selection of our best oak barrels from, no surprise, a diverse group of French coopers. The aromas are bright with cherry and plum but there is an earthy, mushroom quality and a hint of cocoa and leather that bring you back for another sip. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
Ted and Deborah enjoy Navarro's icy Deep End vineyard. At 1200 feet they have an eye-level view of the golden eagles that soar over the Anderson Valley.