Syrah grape skins are highly pigmented with firm tannins and dark fruit flavors akin to black cherry or blackberry. Grenache
grape skins are lightly pigmented with softer tannins and red fruit flavors of strawberry or red cherry. In southern France these two grape varieties are grown side by side and the wines are frequently blends of both as the varieties complement each other.
We ferment Syrah and Grenache in these open-top stainless steel tanks that each hold five tons of fermenting must. Bonnie is using a long punch-down tool to shove the skins back into the fermenting juice.
Jim, winemaker, at a weekday 10 AM staff tasting.
Navarro's 2019 Grenache contains 10% Syrah which greatly enhances the color, contributes a firmer backbone to Grenache's gentleness and adds some black cherry notes to Grenache's strawberry pie flavors. Reciprocally our 2019 Syrah incorporates 20% Grenache which softens Syrah's tannins and adds some red fruit flavors as well as a sense of sweetness, although both wines are bone dry. Both wines were aged 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels which added some vanilla and toast top notes to the wines. For the last 10 years, the wines we've labeled as Grenache and Syrah have been produced entirely from grapes that were grown biodynamically at Dark Horse Vineyards in inland Mendocino. The 2020 vintage brought forest fires and heavy smoke to inland Mendocino, ruining the grapes at Dark Horse; consequently there are no 2020 Navarro wines of these varieties. Both 2019 wines are Double Gold Medal winners.