• 2018 Rosé
    Mendocino (Dry)
    93% Grenache, 7% Carignane
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This is our 16th harvest from Debbie Pallini's Grenache vineyard. The first rosé we produced from her vineyard was in 2002; in our Summer 2003 newsletter we described her property as an “ancient, head-trained Grenache vineyard.” With the addition of 16 more years, the vines are ultra-ancient and to quote Robert Crumb, these amazing vines “keep on truckin'.” Navarro's early rosés included Debbie's Grenache, Al Tollini's Grenache and Carignane as well as grapes from two other Grenache vineyards. As a result of the wine's consistent high quality, Debbie's Grenache quickly became the base wine for Navarro's rosé program.

Rose wine being filled in the winery on a rotating platform.
Rosé being bottled. [above] The empty bottles on the far right have just been cleaned—you can see empty bottles on the vertically rotating sparger—and before wine is added, the bottles are filled with an inert gas which protects the wine from oxygen. The rotating filler has 18 spouts and by the time the bottle has returned to the initial position, full of wine, it is removed, corked and replaced on the filler with an empty bottle.
Jim talking to Ed Pallini with his daughter Debbie's Grenache vineyard in the background. [below]
Jim, Navarro's winemaker, and Ed Pallini, grape grower, in conversation in Ed's daughter's vineyard.

By 2014, we began limiting the Grenache-based rosé program to old vines farmed by two growers: Debbie's ancient Grenache vines and Al's Grenache and Carignane vines, which were actually planted four years earlier than Debbie's. In this 2018 bottling, Debbie's grapes account for 64% of the final cuvée and the balance is from Al's vines. After harvesting Al's Carignane and Grenache grapes, we co-fermented the two varieties as a single lot, adding a new twist to tradition in 2018. We aged this co-fermented wine, alongside Debbie's Grenache, in seasoned French oak barrels for four months. In co-fermentation studies, co-winemaking wines presented a more complex chemical profile than mono-varietal wines. You decide. The wine displays flavors of strawberry and melon wrapped in piquant acidity. Gold Medal winner.

  • Harvested: Oct. 2 to 16, 2018
  • Sugars at harvest: 23.0° Brix
  • Bottled: February 25, 2019
  • Cases produced: 575
  • Alcohol: 12.8%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.0 g/L
  • pH: 3.24