If you've tasted recent vintages of Navarrouge, this 2019 bottling will prove a surprise. Pinot Noir and Zinfandel dominated Navarro's past vintages of Navarrouge, yielding a soft, red fruit-driven wine. In contrast, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah dominate in this gutsy, black fruit/earthy wine. We're not apologizing; it's delicious. However, it's a big stylistic change from past vintages which deserves note. We bottled this wine during the pandemic. Since we weren't feeling optimistic about future sales at the time, some wine originally destined for our varietal bottlings—15% of the blend—ended up here. The Cabernet Sauvignon portion, 30% of this cuvée, was produced from grapes grown at Berry Vineyards
. The Syrah and Grenache from biodynamically grown grapes at Dark Horse Vineyards
account for another 30%.
All wines in this blend were aged in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels. In this photo, Manuel and Jesus are inside a truck stacking and saying goodbye to six-year-old barrels that we've sold.
Tollini Vineyards grew the Zinfandel (18%), Petite Sirah (9%) and additional Grenache grapes in the blend. A youthful wine with bold, chewy tannins that begs for a burger. Gold Medal winner.