We've purchased grapes from neighboring Valley Foothills Vineyard since 1978 and we have enjoyed a long term business and personal relationship with owners Gil and Marge Ordway. They operate their ranch in a professional manner, make decisions reflecting their commitment to the environment and we respect that they provide housing for most of their dedicated staff. When we offered to purchase Pinot Gris grapes under long term contract, our neighbors grafted over a field of Riesling vines in 1991. The wine results were so successful that in 1996, Gil and Marge agreed to create a brand new Pinot Gris vineyard.
Navarro avoids using SO2 at the crusher in order to preserve the natural yeast and minimize wine astringency. That means we take extra care that the winery is spick and span.
Fruit from Ordway's
Ridge vineyard make up the central core of this wine.
The Ridge site is on high ground with well-drained Pinole gravelly loam and utilizes an "Alsace inspired" pruning system developed at Navarro for Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. Between ourselves and our neighbors we now have five blocks of Pinot Gris under cultivation with different clone-rootstock combinations and working with these blocks over the years has led us to the conclusion that clone 52 in Philo, in a typical year (if there is a "typical"), is best suited for a crisp Grigio style of wine. This is Navarro's third Pinot Grigio and the Ridge vineyard again dominates the cuvée. The balance of the wine is from two other vineyards, not surprisingly, also planted to Clone 52. The wine tastes of key-lime, guava, pineapple and honeydew with a delightfully dry crisp finish. Gold Medal Winner
We prune and bend the cane over the top wire into an arc to encourage better growth in the mid-cane region.