Although we've made Sauvignon Blanc wines for over thirty years, we've only been growing this grape variety for the last six. In 2008 we selected three sites in Boonville, adjacent to highway 128, for planting Sauvignon Blanc, a total of seven and a half acres. In two of the three sites we chose a rootstock, 110 Richter
, whose good vigor and tap root would compensate for the stone-laden soil that was low in fertility. The third site was higher in organic matter, with fewer rocks and sandier soil, so we chose Sélection Oppenheim 4
as the rootstock because of its modest vigor and resistance to nematodes. We planted utilizing three highly regarded Sauvignon Blanc clones: ENTAV 297, 376 & 530.
Pat Daniels has been a member of Navarro's tasting panel for thirty-five years; Bill Mitchell for thirty. They are part of the reason why Navarro's wines are consistently pleasing. We conduct staff tastings every weekday morning, January through July. Each lot of grapes that Navarro harvests is fermented and aged as an individual wine. Most of our tastings are to select the best wine by blending the various vineyard lots; this 2014 bottling was selected from five vineyard lots of Sauvignon Blanc.