Navarro's 2020 Grenache Blanc is not a white wine produced from red grapes but rather it is produced from Grenache Blanc grapes, a mutation of the red version, Grenache Noir. Although the white version of this grape variety is not well known in America, it is the ninth most planted wine grape variety in France with most of the plantings in the south. The white wines from the Rhône are typically blends of several grape varieties including Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Clairette so little of it is bottled as a separate variety. The grapes are also frequently picked quite ripe and bottled modestly sweet as vin doux naturel. Our goal was to produce a dry white wine with balanced acidity; the 2020 grapes were harvested at 22.5° Brix to keep the alcohol restrained—it's only 11.4%—then the grapes were pressed and the juice cool-fermented in stainless steel followed by aging in seasoned French oak puncheons.
A small addition of Chardonnay helped lengthen the finish and in the final tasting for the wine we added a modest amount of Pinot Gris which added some pear-like notes to the cuvée's apple-plum fruitiness. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.