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.