For the last few decades, wine writers have routinely predicted increases in demand for Riesling wine in the USA. Wineries apparently haven't experienced increased sales or they would have planted more Riesling vines. In 2019 there were only nine acres of non-bearing—recently planted—Riesling in all of California, compared with 6,000 non-bearing acres for other white varietal grapes; obscure varieties like Picpoul Blanc and Vermentino were planted in greater quantities than Riesling. We love Riesling and think it is one of the great white wine varieties so we are puzzled that it hasn't captured much consumer interest in the States. You can bet that a winery like Navarro, that built its reputation based on Gewürztraminer, would be a cheerleader for an underdog wine variety. So surprise yourself and see just how nicely a crisp Riesling will go with dinner. Serving it with pork chops, applesauce and spätzle is a family favorite.
Campsite Riesling at night. The combination of inclement spring weather in 2020 followed by a hot summer with several scorchers resulted in a Riesling harvest that was less than half of the normal yield.
The ovals in which we age Riesling
sur lie vary in size so that we can accommodate the varying quantities of grapes that we harvest vintage to vintage. This is one of our smaller casks—about 200 gallons—but we still have to squeeze inside to clean them in May when we remove the wine for bottling.
This bottling is a cuvée created from three vineyard blocks that were fermented and aged seven months in French oak ovals. The aromatics suggest lemon blossom and honeycomb and tastes of orange marmalade, apple with intimations of apricot. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.