• 2015 Chardonnay Table Wine
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For about a decade, the fruit from Valley Foothills’ K2 block has been the backbone of Navarro’s Chardonnay Table Wine program and constitutes 49% of this bottling. The field was planted in 1972 and acquired its name because the field was adjacent to a vineyard once owned by our friends Teresa and the late Hans Kobler. The vines in this field were removed after harvest in 2015 so this is the last time the K2 block will make an appearance at Navarro. Valley Foothills Vineyard is our next-door neighbor so we’ve had several years warning of the eventual demise of K2. We made arrangements with Valley Foothills to purchase additional fruit from a field adjacent to the former K2 block and the wine from this new K76 block represents 21% of this 2015 cuvée. Most of the balance in this bottling was produced from grapes grown at Sindel Vineyard in Potter Valley. We like the additional flavor profile obtained from Chardonnay grown in this warmer microclimate but what is most interesting about this vineyard is that the field is interplanted with Pinot Noir.

[left] Ulises Garcia stirring Chardonnay barrels to assure that both the primary and secondary fermentations are complete.
Suckering the K2 block at Valley Foothills Vineyard. We enjoy being neighbors with Ordway’s Vineyard and respect that Gil and Marge work to provide year-round housing for most of their employees. [below]

The entire field could be picked in a single pass for sparkling wine but for still wine it requires the field be picked twice, and very carefully. The juice from each of the separate pickings was cool fermented in stainless steel, then aged ten months in seasoned French oak barrels. Flavors of poached pear and lemon meringue with the juiciness of biting into a green apple.

  • Harvested: Aug. 28 to Sept. 18, 2015
  • Sugars at harvest: 24.2° Brix
  • Bottled: June 21 & 22, 2016
  • Cases produced: 1,596
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.9 g/L
  • pH: 3.32