Navarro's 2010 Chardonnay Table Wine will be one of our first wines to sell out for good reason. It is priced moderately and this vintage comes from the same clone as our best field of Chardonnay. When we planted the west block of our Hammer Olsen vineyard to Chardonnay in 1983, we made a field selection from Robert Young's vineyard in Sonoma but, regrettably, the mother vines harbored leafroll virus which delays ripening. Hammer Olsen still remains the base wine for Navarro's best Chardonnay, in spite of the virus, mostly because we maintain low crop levels. Due to the wide demand for the clone, FPMS (Foundation of Plant Material Science) at UC Davis, heat treated budwood from Robert Young's vines to produce a virus-free clone called FPMS 17, which is now one of California's most respected Chardonnay selections.
We age Chardonnay Table Wine in seasoned French oak barrels. They are best cleaned with steaming hot water to remove any residual wine or tartrate deposits. Alex and Chris spend most of their time in the tasting room so they can explain exactly how this wine was made.
Harvesting Chardonnay. In 2010, our vineyard crew elected to form competitive teams to harvest the grapes rather than being paid individually. One member of the team preceded the pickers, pulling leaves to expose the fruit.
This wine is composed of two vineyards' renditions of FPMS 17, one from the Anderson Valley and the other from Potter Valley, northeast of Philo. The crisp, citrusy Anderson Valley portion of the wine was grown at neighboring Valley Foothills Vineyard in the Day Ranch block; it was planted in 2004 and trained to a T-top trellis. Vines at the M&M Ranch in warmer Potter Valley are trained on a closely spaced VSP (vertically shoot positioned) trellis, producing fruit with an apple-melon flavor core. Both parts of the blend were aged eight months in seasoned French oak barrels adding a coconut and butterscotch note. We think you will be flabbergasted that this Chardonnay costs less than eleven bucks a bottle by the case. Gold Medal winner.