“Quality in wines is much easier to recognize than to define.” —Maynard Amerine (late Professor Emeritus of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis.) We concur; it is tough to define taste and smell. Wine is about remembering—provided you don't drink too much—and our unique personal experiences and senses shape our individual palates. At the winery we sniff and sip and collectively decide that a wine tastes like orange and guava but it might remind you of plumeria and a picnic on Kauai. Rather than providing a list of fruits and vegetables to define this wine, we have jotted down a few production notes to give some clues of what to expect. This bottling was produced from Anderson Valley grapes harvested with ideal natural acidity so the wine is crisp and refreshing. Fermentation took place in seasoned barrels—which promotes superior mouthfeel—alongside some newer barrels intended for our Première Reserve bottling; the Table Wine's texture and flavor profile is not unlike Navarro's Reserve but with less oaky flavors.
The weather station in our Hammer Olsen vineyard. This group of instruments enables us to observe and track temperature, precipitation, humidity, solar radiation and other weather-related parameters over long periods of time.
Buy it by the case for only $177.00 — a savings of $39.00! That's only $14.75 per bottle.
Navarro's Chardonnay barrels are hand-crafted at Billon Cooperage in Burgundy and are produced from oak planks that are air-dried for three years. The oak used in barrels for Navarro's red wines is air-dried for two years but for Chardonnay we prefer the less aggressive and nuttier oak flavors provided by longer air-drying.
A malolactic fermentation in the barrels produced a trace of buttery essences which is unusual in a Chardonnay at this bargain price. 70% of the wine was produced from a vineyard that was planted using an older Chardonnay clone; the vines used in this bottling struggled to get the fruit as ripe as the newer clones, so the wine is a little leaner than our other two higher-priced 2018 Chardonnay bottlings. A dry, classy Chardonnay combining Anderson Valley fruit and discreet toasty, vanilla oak flavors; we know the price will please. Double Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
After the barrel is emptied of wine, we clean it by inserting a wand with a rotating head that flows with pressurized hot water. This removes any yeast or tartrate buildup inside the barrel.