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. 2018 was a return to a typical Anderson Valley summer with daytime highs in the high 70’s and 80s, with only an occasional scorcher. We had been lulled by several years of a rain-free harvest but in 2018 we had over an inch, reminding us that Philo is part of the Pacific Northwest. Harvest began in our lower elevation vineyards in the final days of September and carried on through the third week of October.
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 2018 Deep End Blend Futures are not available for pick up or delivery until April, 2020. 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 warm and pleasant spring had resulted in a crop with full clusters but because of early rains we were scrupulously selective during our blending tastings resulting in the tiniest bottling of Deep End Pinot since 2011. The 2018 Deep End offers an astounding range of flavors: red and white cherry, strawberry, raspberry and plum with Asian spices, earthy tannins and zippy acidity.
We will cellar the 2018 Deep End Blend another six months in French Oak barrels and bottle it in the spring of 2020. Wine purchased as futures will be available for pick up or delivery in 2020 from April until September. 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 August 31, 2019. Futures are available in a three-pack, six-pack, twelve-pack or a two bottle magnum-pack.