• 2020 Blanc de Noir
    Estate Pinot Noir
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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We produced our first Blanc de Noir still wine in 2019 from estate-grown Pinot Noir grapes. We decided to produce the wine in a similar fashion as our best Chardonnay—barrel fermented in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels—and the results exhibit more complex flavors than a wine produced from Chardonnay grapes. Another of our motivations was the tragic reality that California wildfires seem to be limiting the vintages of red wine that we can produce as the drought continues to weaken our forests. 2020 was one of those vintages in which red wine production was limited except for a handful of sites where the grapes were ripe before smoke became a problem. Our fields in the coolest sites—many that historically produced our best red Pinot—were smoke affected. Rather than producing a smoke-tainted red we decided to craft a smoke-free white wine with no red grape skin contact.

Barrels after toasting at Billon Cooperage, Beaune. [above] We prefer Billon barrels for our white wines since they age the oak for Navarro's barrels for three years rather than the customary two. This extra year of aging outdoors eliminates any green-wood character picked up by the wine.

[below] Dan washing the inside of barrels with very hot water before filling with juice or wine.

Although we enjoyed the 2019, we decided to produce the 2020 from slightly riper grapes to further emphasize Pinot's complexities. We were pleased with the balance of oak and fruit in the 2019 and we kept the same ratio of new to seasoned barrels in this 2020. The melon, strawberry and orange flavors with a savory mid-palate—from the yeast autolysis—are framed by the crisp acidity from Anderson Valley's chilly nights. Gold Medal winner.

  • Harvested: Sept. 12 to 14, 2020
  • Sugars at harvest: 23.7° Brix
  • Bottled: June 11, 2021
  • Cases produced: 991
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.3 g/L
  • pH: 3.32