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2016 Pinot Noir
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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In 2016 we fermented and aged forty-two different lots of Pinot Noir from vineyards in Philo and Boonville. Each vintage brings subtle changes between our fields so early in the year, following harvest, we begin tasting all forty-plus wines in order to rank the different lots from that vintage by overall quality. After the wines have been ranked, we start blending trials in June for Navarro's three Pinot Noir bottlings. The first series of tastings is to select our Deep End Blend, followed by tastings for the Méthode à l'Ancienne cuvée and this bottling, which we simply label Anderson Valley. We typically have a couple of remaining lots that don't make the grade that we sell off as bulk wine.

[above] Pickers and Pinot Noir clusters on the vine. Note the leaves on the ground. Preceding the picker crew is a smaller crew of deleafers whose job it is to expose the fruit for easy and speedy picking.
2017 Pinot Noir harvest at Pennyroyal vineyards. [below] Pickers following the tractor-driven light tower in the early morning.

Although we work hard to taste for differences in the wines from different fields, clones and rootstocks, in reality these 100% Anderson Valley Pinot Noir wines taste a lot more alike than different. Forty lots were produced from grapes we grow, and two lots—about half of this bottling—were produced from grapes grown by our next-door neighbor in Philo. All forty-plus lots were fermented by the ancient method and all were aged in Burgundian barrels from our favorite coopers. In this bottling 15% of the barrels were new as compared to about a third in the Méthode bottling. Full-bodied with flavors hinting of black cherry, raspberry jam, toasty oak and vanilla. A good twenty-dollar Pinot Noir is uncommon and one produced from Anderson Valley grapes only comes once a year from one producer; don't dawdle for this deal. Gold Medal winner.

Harvested: Sept. 06 to 20, 2016 Sugars at harvest: 23.6 Brix
Bottled: Aug. 25 to 29, 2017 Cases produced: 2,917
Alcohol: 13.0% Titratable acidity: 6.0 g/L
pH: 3.64

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