Up the hill, about 200 feet above the vineyard that produced our 2010 Grenache, is Eaglepoint Vineyards. With the exception of our Pinot Noir vineyards, this is the coolest site of all the inland Mendocino vineyards from which Navarro sources red grapes. The first time we purchased grapes from this site was in 1978, for Cabernet Sauvignon, and we have continued to produce red wines from this chilly elevation for thirty three years. One thing we know for sure: this cool microclimate produces distinctive wines that have very firm acidity. The wines have wonderful aging potential but they are hard in their youth. This year we've added a gentle twist. To soften Syrah's tannins, we blended in about twenty percent Grenache from the vineyard with a warmer exposure just down the hill. Syrah and Grenache are typically comingled in the red wines of the Rhône so this bottling is true to the French tradition. Silver Medal winner.
Eaglepoint Vineyards is a hillside vineyard located at about 900’ in elevation above the town of Talmage.