Garnacha is an old grape variety that originated in Aragón, Spain, or perhaps in Sardinia, where it is known as Cannonau; in California we've adopted the French name Grenache. We were puzzled for years; most wine books state that this variety produces deeply colored wine but this was not Navarro's historic experience in producing red wine from this variety. In fact, we started producing rosé from well-tended, ancient head-trained Grenache vines that we originally thought would make full-bodied red wines. The rosé wine we produced from Grenache grapes had an orange hue rather than pink, which reinforced our erroneous opinion that Grenache grapes produce wine with a pale color profile. Then, in 2007, we were offered the fruit from Dark Horse vineyards; we were delighted that we were able to produce a deep red wine from their grapes. We aren't sure whether the richer hues are due to newer French clones, an ideal site for producing red wines or vineyard management,
Sarah and Alfredo punching down. To avoid extracting harsh tannins from the seeds and skins, we punch down by hand rather than using modern pumps to mix the contents of the fermentor.
but we are now convinced that Grenache grapes can produce a full-bodied, deeply colored wine. This vintage includes an eight-percent addition of Dark Horse Syrah for structure. Gold Medal winner.