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2013 Chardonnay
  Mendocino
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This Mendocino Chardonnay shares many similarities with our Première Reserve bottling: both are 100% Chardonnay, the grapes for both were destemmed, pressed and then fermented and, in both cases, the wine aged in Billon's French oak barrels. Yet the wines are strikingly different. Navarro's intent with the Première Reserve is to produce a complex wine that reveals the terroir of our Philo vineyards, so traditional winemaking is employed. Fermentation is completed in newer barrels and the wine ages on the lees (spent yeast). This Mendocino bottling has a more straightforward goal - a crisp, fruit-driven Chardonnay, easy-to-drink and refreshing.


[above] Jim Klein, at the vineyard next door, discussing the Chardonnay crop with a Valley Foothills' tractor driver. We're neighbors of Marge and Gil Ordway, who own Valley Foothills, and we have made wine from their grapes continually since 1978. Each year the wine from their vines is a major portion of our Mendocino Chardonnay.
Navarro's permanent winery staff in the barrel cellar. [below] Aging wine in oak barrels for ten months helps clarify the wine naturally. For Navarro's Mendocino Chardonnay we selected seasoned French barrels whose oak flavors have diminished due to prior use.


The juice from these grapes was cool-fermented in modern stainless steel tanks to retain the grape's bouquet and flavors, racked off of the lees, and then aged in seasoned barrels so that oak flavors didn't become a dominant element. In addition to the grapes grown in Anderson Valley, forty percent of this bottling was produced from grapes grown in Potter Valley, in inland Mendocino County. We've purchased fruit from the same two Potter Valley growers for several years as they share a flavor profile hinting of cantaloupe and red apple, adding depth to Valley Foothills' signature flavors that suggest pear and citrus. The wine's no-nonsense flavors and invigorating crispness make it a perfect summertime companion with grilled chicken and garden veggies. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.

Specifications
Harvested: Sept. 29 to Oct. 11, 2013 Sugars at harvest: 24.5° Brix
Bottled: June 18 to 24, 2014 Cases produced: 3892
Alcohol: 13.6% Titratable acidity: 7.2 g/L
pH: 3.32

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