• 2006 Riesling
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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Recently we gathered at a potluck party. In addition to bringing yummy food everyone brought a bottle of wine to share. We brought this Riesling. OK..., we're a little sensitive about how our wines are received. Maybe nobody could locate the corkscrew but before anyone tasted a drop of this Riesling every other bottle had been opened and was disappearing fast. We were puzzled. The revelers were trying to extract the last few drops of a sugary Chardonnay flavored with oak chips and someone was polishing off a bottle of supermarket Cabernet with tannins that could cure a cow hide. When a friend finally retrieved the corkscrew she poured herself a tiny taste of this Riesling, clearly concerned that the wine might be insipidly sweet. To our relief she returned quickly and filled her glass. The bottle instantly became the belle of the ball and was emptied before we squeezed our way through the crowd. Fortunately we have more at the winery. Compared to dull, wishy-washy stepsisters made from this variety, Navarro's Riesling sparkles with acidity and fruit.

Navarro's Campsite Riesling field is chilly and one of the last of the season to be harvested. Everyone is ready to party by the time the grapes are gathered.

Grapes from three fields were harvested over three weeks. The free run juice was fermented and aged as separate lots in oak ovals for six months. In April 2007 this blend was selected; its apple-apricot flavors have a gentle hint of charcuterie from the extended lees contact and a hint of vanilla from the French oak casks. It will remain beautiful well beyond midnight. Gold Medal winner.

Riesling can be one of the greatest white wines in the world but, to paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, "it don't get no respect." Ulises earns our respect for squeezing into an empty Riesling cask to clean it.

  • Harvested: Oct. 17 to Nov. 09, 2006
  • Sugars at harvest: 22.6° Brix
  • Bottled: May 3 & 4, 2007
  • Cases produced: 1484
  • Alcohol: 13.1 %
  • Residual sugars: 0.65 %
  • Titratable acidity: 7.0 g/L
  • pH: 3.17