• 2018 Grenache
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Grenache, like Pinot, comes in three flavors: Noir, Blanc and Gris We like the wines the Grenache family produces. The Blanc variant produces wines with citrus and green plum flavors—Navarro will release our first Grenache Blanc wine later this fall. This wine is produced from Grenache Noir grapes grown biodynamically at Dark Horse Vineyards southeast of Ukiah—a warmer climate than Philo. The Noir variant produces full-bodied, fruity wines—red and dark fruits hinting of fennel and dried herbs—that leave a sense of sweetness in the mid-palate. The wines are lightly colored and usually augmented with Syrah—16% Dark Horse Syrah in this bottling—for a deeper color. The wine was aged in seasoned oak barrels for 10 months then bottled unfiltered. Full bodied, juicy flavors and Grenache's gentle tannins yield a smooth texture. Gold Medal winner.
Removing the top of an open-top fermentor in the morning.
[above] Removing the top of an open-top fermentor in the morning to allow access for punch-downs. We ferment Grenache is these temperature-controlled fermentors. Grapes destined for red wine are picked with lots of sugar; having the fermentor top open allows some of the alcohol to blow off during fermentation, helping us keep the final wine's alcohol tamed.

  • Harvested: Sept. 24, 2018
  • Sugars at harvest: 27.0° Brix
  • Bottled: Aug. 9, 2019
  • Cases produced: 292
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Titratable acidity: 5.5 g/L
  • pH: 3.68