• 2020 Pinot Gris
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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Every harvest brings its own surprises. We expected this bottling of 2020 Pinot Gris to be produced from the same vineyard blocks as in previous years. Typically the dominating lots in the cuvée are from the two Pinot Gris plantings on Navarro's Middle Ridge. The 50 vineyard rows are divided equally between ENTAV clones 52 and 53. Clone 52 is the more highly regarded clone and is usually a hair riper at harvest than clone 53. Not so in 2020. After we harvested the field as two separate blocks we discovered that clone 53 was fully ripe—it is the base wine for this bottling and had grape sugars measuring 23.7° Brix—but clone 52 wasn't nearly as ripe with a disappointing 21.4° Brix and didn't pass muster for this bottling. The two clones are on identical rootstocks in the same soil but for some reason the clone 52 vines decided that they had enough during ripening and shut down. Fortunately the two blocks at our next-door neighbor, Valley Foothills Vineyard, hadn't suffered the same fate and the grapes were fully ripe at 23.4° and 23.6° Brix respectively. After destemming and cold-settling, the juice from each lot was transferred to French oak ovals for a cool fermentation and seven months resting sur lie.

Navarro's staff tasting panel selected a blend from the three separate lots and the cuvée was bottled in May 2021. The 2020 Pinot Gris has a mouth-coating texture, creaminess from the sur lie aging and abundant varietal flavors suggesting apple pie and hazelnut oil. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.

For centuries, and before stainless steel, the doors on oak casks were also made of oak. Beeswax or tallow was applied to the cask and door to prevent the cask from leaking. Alfredo is applying barrel wax—beeswax with some paraffin added for pliability—to the cask entryway and door of one of our older ovals (above). After he installs the door (left) he uses a thick oak block and a wrench to pull the door forward and make a tight seal (below).

  • Harvested: Aug. 29 to Sept. 13, 2020
  • Sugars at harvest: 23.6° Brix
  • Bottled: May 3 & 4, 2021
  • Cases produced: 1,723
  • Alcohol: 13.4%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.0 g/L
  • pH: 3.30