At Navarro, we generally produce more wine than we expect to sell. This is especially true for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gewürz because we've planted enough vineyard blocks to supply all our grape requirements even in years in which the vines bear a modest crop. When Mother Nature provides a large Chardonnay crop, we produce more wine than we will bottle and consequently we end up with several lots of very good wine available for the Table Wine
program. This was our good fortune in 2016, when we had eighteen different Chardonnay vineyard lots to choose from. We selected our Première Reserve
first, leaving the remaining lots available for a second series of tastings to select the Mendocino
Chardonnay. Finally, from the remaining lots, we selected our Chardonnay Table Wine
. This vintage is produced entirely from three vineyard blocks of Anderson Valley grapes, from vines utilizing the highly regarded 76 and 548 Dijon clones.
Toasting a barrel in Beaune, France. Barrel staves are easy to bend into the required shape after they've been heated. The intensity of the oak fire and the length of heating determines the level of char inside the barrel. We've never been fond of heavily charred barrels but the smokiness they impart is enjoyed by many winemakers.