We think a glass of Pinot Blanc may be one of the nicest ways to celebrate a spring sunset from the front porch. Closely related to Pinot Noir, it should come as no surprise that Pinot Blanc grapes are of interest to Navarro. What could be better than a white version of our favorite red variety? Pinot Blanc's leaf structure, clusters and berries resemble Chardonnay and, for over a century, identification of these two varieties caused international confusion. This might help explain why Chardonnay wines were once misnamed as Pinot Chardonnay until 1997 when the ATF began prohibiting the term on American wine labels.
This fox was photographed next to the chicken coop and did not appear to be disturbed by our presence. Frequently seen strutting onto our porch in broad daylight to eat dog food, this critter seems unfazed by us and can outrun any of our dogs. Like previous vintages, the grapes for this bottling were grown at Rivino Vineyards, located in Mendocino County near the Russian River.
Navarro's 2017 winery crush crew. Four people work in the winery all year long, but at harvest the crew expands. Eight additional people were needed at harvest to process all the fruit in a timely manner; five are full-time Navarro employees from other departments and three are temporary harvest interns.
Some of the finest Pinot Blanc wines are crafted in Alto Adige, Italy where many of the wines labeled as Pinot Blanc contain a little Chardonnay. In fact, the Italian government took little interest in trying to distinguish the two grape varieties until 1978. The juice was cool-fermented in stainless steel, then racked to seasoned oak barrels and puncheons to age for five months. The portion of the blend that was aged in barrels has a delicate, floral aroma, while the part that was aged in larger puncheons features a plush mouthfeel. The two Pinot Blanc wines were blended together with a splash of Anderson Valley Chardonnay which adds a bit of spirit and verve. The reasonable price tag, especially when purchased by the case, is what makes this wine especially attractive. Silver medal winner.