A wine writer contacted us after the 2013 Mendocino County Fair. Navarro's 2012 Estate Bottled Gewürztraminer was awarded a Gold Medal. Our less expensive Cuvée Traditional also won a Gold, was additionally judged the best Gewürztraminer and then won Best White Wine. How do you account for that? Well... there may be a secret answer to that. When phylloxera was detected in Anderson Valley in 1993, we realized that if we were to continue producing top-tier Gewürz, we needed to plant new vineyards before the older vineyards succumbed to the pest. As newly planted fields come into production, we've slowly been replanting the older fields. Consequently, in 2012, we had excess estate-grown grapes to produce an exciting Cuvée Traditional. Since we plan on removing two older Gewürz blocks in 2015, Navarro's Gewürz excess may be short lived. Better stock up on this pretty Cuvée Traditional while the getting is good.
Navarro's Estate Bottled Gewürz is very dry, whereas our Cuvée Traditional has a little residual sugar, making it more accessible, especially in its youth; firm acidity means the wine finishes crisp and clean. We use amber colored bottles for Navarro's Gewürztraminers as it helps protect the wines' spicy flavors from being lightstruck by ultraviolet rays.