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2012 Syrah
  Mendocino
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We never cease to be amazed at how wine varieties go in and out of fashion. While Pinot Noir sales increased throughout California (and especially in the Anderson Valley), Syrah and Shiraz shipments, by volume, actually decreased in 2013. Statistical data can be so frustrating; at the same time that Syrah sales decreased, blended red shipments to California consumers had a hefty increase. To be sure, Navarro's Navarrouge has a generous splash of Syrah and Grenache, but 2012 was such a warm and sun-drenched season, we wanted to let Navarro's red Rhône varietals have solo appearances. Rich and ripe, with middle-eastern spices and a touch of violets and olallieberry in the aromas, this wine is an example of some of the nicest grapes from Mendocino's toasty Russian River Valley that should never go out of fashion. Gold Medal winner.
We purchase three grape varieties, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, from Jason Dolan's biodynamically farmed Dark Horse Vineyards. Red winemaking requires keeping the juice in contact with the skins to extract color and flavors; fermenting grape skins rise to the top and must be re-introduced to the juice. Rather than pumping the red fermenting juice back over the top, we prefer to manually shove the skins back into the juice, which helps keep the tannins supple.

Specifications
Harvested: Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2012 Sugars at harvest: 26.9 ° Brix
Bottled: Aug. 22, 2013 Cases produced: 253
Alcohol: 14.7% Titratable acidity: 6.0 g/L
pH: 3.73

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