We've been in the wine business for over thirty years so we have seen some pretty wild swings in supply and demand. In 1974 people thought we were foolish planting Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley especially since the experts had previously recommended Cabernet Sauvignon and French Colombard. Our decision has since been validated as vineyard after vineyard in the Anderson Valley is now being planted with Pinot Noir. The downside of the popularity and growing reputation of Anderson Valley Pinot is that the price of the grapes has skyrocketed. Check out the competition; it is hard to find a Pinot Noir for less than $20. If you try to buy a French Burgundy you will be paying twice, thrice and upward. Despite consistently selling out of Pinot Noir we are committed to keeping prices reasonable so that all of our good customers from our earlier, leaner years can still afford Navarro wines. 89% of this wine was grown right here in the Anderson Valley.
Navarro is in the fortunate position of selling most of our wine directly to consumers from the tasting room, mailing list or on the web at navarrowine.com. Without the middleman we aim to keep prices moderate.
Navarro's sales, winery and vineyard employees are full time with benefits, vacation and a profit sharing plan motivating pickers to move fast when the grapes are ripe. You should hurry too because this wine will sell out quickly.
It was aged for ten months in seasoned French oak barrels adding toast and vanilla flavors to Pinot's berry and plum core. You shouldn't have to plan a white-tie dinner to open a bottle of Pinot Noir; this wine tastes great when you are garbed in blue jeans and a tee shirt. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class. Three Case Limit
The price of French barrels has skyrocketed to over $800 each. They are used for about seven years. For the first couple of years we use the barrels for Navarro's
Méthode à l'Ancienne Pinot. We stored this less expensive
Mendocino Pinot Noir in seasoned barrels purchased from 2000 to 2002.