Muscat Blanc à Petits Grain is a member of the Muscat family named for its characteristic small berries and tight clusters. When we planted our first vineyard in the mid-seventies, we were advised to plant Muscat within
our Gewürztraminer vineyards to provide more aromatics in the resulting wine. The recommendation came from a trusted vineyardist, albeit in a grape-growing climate which was warmer and less conducive to floral aromatics than the Anderson Valley. We decided to hedge our bets with a small planting of Muscat alongside
our first Gewürz field, just in case we didn't like the field blend. It turned out that Philo Gewürz has plenty of aromatics, and although the Muscat had floral aromatics as well, it simply didn't smell like Gewürz, so it was never included in our Estate Bottled
cuvée. In 1986, we finally had enough Muscat crop to produce 58 cases of dry wine and we loved the results! In 1990, we planted an additional 2.5 acres to Muscat. Muscat ripens very late, which poses problems in a cool climate like the Anderson Valley. Ironically, the lack of heat during harvest is the main reason Navarro can successfully produce a dry
Muscat; the acidity remains high, the sugars don't accumulate too quickly and the skins have fewer harsh phenolics.