Since the 1994 vintage, the best part of Navarro's Pinot Noir has been pre-sold a year before release. We call our favorite Pinot Noir the Deep End Blend. Deep End is an old Boontling term for the chilly, northwestern edge of the Anderson Valley where the grapes, cooled by ocean breezes, mature slowly and ripen late. This wine is a blend of our best lots from our best Deep End vineyards, aged in our best barrels, so it is a special wine that we can only produce in a limited quantity. Each of Navarro's vineyard sites was harvested separately by clonal selection within the block. Just as the Pinot was about to ripen in late August 2017, midday temperatures soared to a record-breaking 112° F. We decided to beat the heat by turning on the vineyards' overhead sprinklers for four to five hours midday during the heat spells.
Tasting a barrel sample before a wine is packaged and bottle-aged requires skill and imagination. It takes experience to predict how a wine will taste a year down the road. Navarro's Pre-Release members have practiced the art of barrel sampling Navarro Pinot Noir since the 1994 vintage at the August Futures Offering and Barrel Tasting and they end up ordering the lion's share.
Please note: The 2017 Deep End Blend is not available for pick up or delivery until April, 2019. Shipping and tax are paid at time of delivery.
Marking Corral vineyards are located about 1200 feet above the valley floor. Ocean breezes, southwest-facing slopes, well-drained soil, planted in 115, 667 and 777 clonal selections, makes these Pinot Noirs, produced from grapes nourished in lofty heights.
The sprinklers lowered the vineyard temperature by 20° protecting the delicate grapes from cooked-flavors, but we kept our fingers crossed that the water wouldn't cause rot in the grapes. The temperature moderated and we were delighted that the grapes were sound and rot-free; we were able to harvest in mid-September with fresh, ripe flavors and good acidity. We will cellar the 2017 Deep End Blend another six months in French Oak barrels and bottle it, unfiltered, in February 2019. Wine purchased as futures will be available for pick up or delivery in April 2019. Price does not include sales tax or shipping which will be collected when the wine is shipped. The futures offering ends when the quantities set aside are fully subscribed and no later than September 16, 2018. Futures are available in a three-pack, six-pack, twelve-pack or a two bottle magnum-pack.