Navarro's Deep End
Pinot is stylistically different from the Méthode à l'Ancienne
bottling, much the result of growing grapes up in the hills versus down in the valley. Navarro's regime for the Méthode
style developed between 1983 and 1996; during that period we produced many experimental lots to figure out how to maximize wine quality produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown down on the valley floor. In the mid 90's we decided to expand our Pinot Noir production by creating new vineyards up on the hills. The microclimate in our upper vineyards is cooler than the valley floor, with a longer growing season; the vines bud out earlier and the crop is generally harvested later. We began our experimentation again. The regime that we developed for the Méthode
wine was our starting point and over the years we've tweaked that recipe for the Deep End
fruit. The first bottling from the upper vineyards was in 1998; we realized that the hillside fruit's flavor profile was best matched with exactly the same barrels and cooper as the valley fruit. The biggest change came several years later when we discovered that the wine produced from our hillside fruit
Deep End Pinot is a cuvée created by blending the twelve best lots from Navarro's Pinot Noir hillside vineyards. Four different vineyard sites, four different Pinot clones and four different rootstocks; each one adding complexity to the final blend.