In early September 2016, Navarro's crew had just begun harvesting Pinot Noir, an early ripening variety, when a field sample showed that a field of Riesling, a late ripening variety, was also ripe. We were surprised and, to add to our surprise, many of the grape clusters were affected by botrytis. This noble rot is normally caused by rain during harvest. In this case, Philo's daily morning fog was the stimulus. Navarro's tasting room was completely sold out of Late Harvest wines so we decided to harvest the field and produce a sweet wine. Naming this wine Late Harvest, when it was produced from the first Riesling grapes harvested, seems like a misnomer but it is deliciously sweet and produced from botrytis affected grapes which fits our definition of Late Harvest. Ripe Riesling flavors of peach and apple are augmented with enticing apricot-honey notes from the botrytis affected berries; high acidity provides a zingy finish to this ambrosia. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
Aaron celebrating another Navarro Gold medal. Of all the wines we produce, Navarro’s Late Harvest wines always receive the most kudos.