• 2010 Chenin Blanc
    Mendocino (Dry)
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We produced our first Chenin Blanc from John and Michele Young's vineyard in 1997 and this is our fourteenth vintage from the same exceptional site. There isn't much Chenin Blanc planted in Mendocino County, a mere 70 acres, and much of it is unfortunately planted on fertile river bottom. When we came across the Young's vineyard, we were immediately excited by the old vines and the rocky soil. After we made the 1997 wine, our enthusiasm increased and we've produced wine from these same vines ever since. Historically Navarro's Chenin style is based upon the wines of Anjou and Touraine where up to 80% of the blend is Chenin augmented with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. This vintage our tasting panel selected a wine with 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Chardonnay.

The Young's Chenin displays its typical crisp, mineral-melon fruit which is enhanced with key lime notes from the Sauvignon and the central core is made creamier from the Chardonnay.
Visiting the Youngs over the years. [above] 1999: The Young family at home, John, Michele, Ryan and Matt. [below] 2004: John and Ryan with their heritage vines at budbreak. [left] 2008: Young's guard dog protecting the vineyard from Navarro's winemaker. Unfortunately John passed away after the 2008 harvest and Michele sold the ranch after this 2010 harvest. We will miss working with Michele. We are hopeful the new owners are diligent farmers and that this 2010 won't be Navarro's last vintage from this vineyard gem.

  • Harvested: Oct. 9, 2010
  • Sugars at harvest: 22.8° Brix
  • Bottled: Feb. 18, 2011
  • Cases produced: 1048
  • Alcohol: 13.3%
  • Residual sugars: 0.2%
  • Titratable acidity: 7.5 g/L
  • pH: 3.21