• 2015 Edelzwicker
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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[above] Jim Klein, winemaker, measuring if a fermentation is complete. All of Navarro's Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat wines are fermented and aged sur lie in French oak ovals.
We begin our blending trials for Edelzwicker after we've selected Navarro's varietal bottlings of the four Alsatian "noble" varieties which requires a change in mind-set. When blending our dry Gewürztraminer, for example, highlighting the grape's varietal character is one of our goals. When blending Edelzwicker, the goal is to produce a fruit-driven wine in which no one varietal flavor stands out. We began our blending trial for this bottling by first mixing Pinot Gris with Riesling in various ratios; the winning combination was 50% Gris and 50% Riesling which became the new base wine. The next day we tasted varying additions of Gewürz added to the base and a 12% addition was selected by the tasting panel. The final component tasting was adding varying amounts of Muscat Blanc; a 5% addition was selected. A tropical fruit-salad with whispers of narcissus, white lilac and cardamom; perfect for picnic-time. Double Gold medal winner.

  • Harvested: Sept. 16 to 20, 2015
  • Sugars at harvest: 22.8° Brix
  • Bottled: May 3, 2016
  • Cases produced: 1,175
  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • Residual sugars: 1.6%
  • Titratable acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • pH: 3.33