For close to a quarter of a century we have invited Navarro friends to the winery to taste the latest vintage of our Pinot Noir from the barrel. This has allowed our customers to enjoy a centuries-old tradition of a Negotiant, a merchant who samples young wines directly from the barrel and buys them at a bargain price as a future investment, trusting a discriminating palate to discern which wines will taste the best down the line.
2019 Marking Corral Pinot Noir
has ripe strawberry and tart red cherry flavors with refreshing acidity from the elevation and ocean breezes. 53% clone 115, 33% clone 777, 14% clone 114. Vineyard elevation of 1,180 to 1,235 feet.
2019 Middle Ridge Pinot Noir
boasts classic Anderson Valley flavors of red cherry fruit with inklings of raspberry jam and pie crust. 58% clone 777, 21% clone 667, 21% clone 114. Vineyard elevation of 740 to 835 feet.
2019 South Hill Pinot Noir
sports dark fruit flavors suggesting blackberry syrup, plum and sweet earth elements with a hint of chocolate in the finish. 100% clone 777. Vineyard elevation of 300 to 325 feet.
2019 Deep End Pinot Noir
has rounded, sweet fruit flavors of cherry, raspberry and blackberry tied together in a smooth, seamless presentation from entry to finish. 42% Marking Corral
, 33% South Hill
and 25% Middle Ridge
At Navarro we keep each vineyard lot separate throughout the initial winemaking process, meaning that each barrel sample is unique. The current pandemic makes it impossible to safely welcome guests to the cellar, so we have bottled four small airplane-sized (187 ml) bottles of 2019 barrel samples for you to taste in the safety of your home before deciding to purchase this year's Pinot Noir Futures Offer. Three of the samples come from single-vineyard lots that are components of this year's offer: Marking Corral, Middle Ridge and South Hill. The fourth sample is our Deep End Pinot Noir, the blend the staff and family likes best. The cost of the virtual barrel tasting kit is $50 plus tax and shipping, limited to one per household. The cost will be deducted from any Futures order you decide to make before September 30, 2020. You can sample the kit at your leisure or, with advanced reservation, join us for a virtual tasting. Please contact our tasting room to schedule a tasting. We hope you and yours stay healthy and in good spirits now and in the future.