During a morning staff tasting—the final tasting for this bottling—we realized how much our morning tasting routine has altered. Pre-Covid, our group sat around a large table and poured the wines—typically five—to participants from 750 ml bottles. Converting to a Covid-deterring model was a scramble. These days each taster occupies a solitary space for tastings, one person delivers 125 ml sample bottles to each location prior to the tasting and then we communicate through Zoom. It works but we miss the in-person banter and laughter. The winner for this bottling is a 60/40 blend of wine from two fields. The 60% portion is from grapes grown at our next-door neighbor Valley Foothills Vineyard
—a portion of this lot is also part of our Estate Bottled
bottling. This field was specifically planted for Navarro over 20 years ago and is farmed professionally to Navarro specifications. The 40% portion is from grapes grown on Navarro's North Hill
West Hill Gewürztraminer 2020.