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2017 Mourvèdre
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This 2017 bottling is Navarro's fifth vintage of Mourvèdre produced from biodynamically grown grapes in a tiny block at Dark Horse Vineyards farmed by the Dolan family. We've known Paul Dolan ever since we moved to Philo in the 70's; in those days Paul was the winemaker at Fetzer Vineyards and championed organic grape growing in Mendocino County. Mourvèdre is a late ripener and are the last grapes harvested at Dark Horse. Mourvèdre is less than one percent of Dark Horse's production, but what we appreciate is that in most years Paul makes the two hour roundtrip to personally deliver his tiny Mourvèdre harvest to Navarro. It probably makes no economic sense for Paul to farm a third of an acre—never mind delivering the grapes personally—or for Navarro to produce two or three barrels of wine. In these times when we're all concerned about a nasty virus, it's nice to remember the friendships that are behind each wine and wait for the day when we can all shake hands again.

[above] Heath Dolan is the second generation managing the family farm. We appreciate that the vines are farmed biodynamically; perhaps we're romantics, but wines from vines grown in healthy soils seem more complete.

Supple tannins, earthy black fruits with undertones of black olive and tree bark intermingle in this perfumed, hearty wine. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.

Harvested: Sept. 11 to Oct 9, 2017 Sugars at harvest: 24.0° Brix
Bottled: Aug. 15, 2018 Cases produced: 104
Alcohol: 13.8% Titratable acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.72

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