• 2018 Chardonnay
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Anderson Valley luckily was not in the path of fire and smoke from the Mendocino Complex fire in 2018, but unfortunately Potter Valley wasn't as blessed; many homes and structures were lost and most grapes in Potter Valley vineyards were ruined by smoke-taint. A small picking from Mark Welch's vineyard escaped disaster, but the grapes from Chuck Fisher's vineyard, destined to be a part of this Mendocino bottling, were lost Consequently, this vintage is the smallest bottling of Mendocino Chardonnay since 2008—another vintage with disappointing losses from smoke-taint. Navarro's Mendocino bottling is stylistically different than the Première Reserve Chardonnay. A cool, primary fermentation in stainless steel tank—without a secondary malolactic fermentation—retained all the grapes' varietal flavors and crisp acidity; then, aging in seasoned French oak barrels for seven months built a smooth mouthfeel without adding preponderant oak flavors. In this vintage's bottling, Anderson Valley grapes produced 75% of the total wine—58% of the grapes were grown at Navarro and 42% were grown by our neighbors. Anderson Valley's Chardonnay flavor profile of poached pear and citrus remains front and center with Potter Valley's apple-melon flavors playing a supporting role while barrel aging adds roundness with hints of toast and vanilla. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
A new diesel irrigation pump with advanced exhaust gas after-treatment. We've recently replaced two older diesel irrigation and frost protection pumps with newer models (above). The new engines incorporate an advanced exhaust gas after-treatment system?most of the shiny metal portion of the pump?that cleans the exhaust emitted by the engine prior to releasing it to the outside air, reducing air pollutants. The new pumps meet Tier 4 standards which reduces NOx and PM emissions by 90% from tier 3 standards.
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  • Harvested: Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 2018
  • Sugars at harvest: 23.8° Brix
  • Bottled: June 12 to 14, 2019
  • Cases produced: 2,819
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.4 g/L
  • pH: 3.35