• 2021 BarberaNew!
    • (750 ml) $29.00
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For the past several years we've purchased Barbera grapes from Al Tollini, but in 2021 he had a meager crop and unfortunately a previous commitment to another winery left Navarro momentarily bereft. Al's Barbera vines are planted on red volcanic soil which has proved to produce excellent red wine. In a fortunate stroke of serendipity—or perhaps sheer neighborly karma—Pete Chevalier, an old comrade with a similar volcanic playground for his Barbera vines, found himself with some previously committed crop now available. Pete turned to us, offering his well-tended, virus-free fruit which ripened as though they knew they had a noble purpose. We embraced Pete's harvest, finding ourselves rather taken with the outcome. Future toasts will be raised with Pete's Barbera—may your palates rejoice in the serendipity. Gold Medal winner. 94 points.

[above] Lila, harvest intern, punching down bins. In the past we have punched down in large stainless steel tanks, but we decided to ferment the 2021 Barbera in bins since the fruit arrived cold and hand punch-downs assure softer tannins.

  • Harvested: Sept. 17—21, 2021
  • Sugars at harvest: 25.0° Brix
  • Bottled: Aug. 18, 2022
  • Cases produced: 540
  • Alcohol: 13.2%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.2 g/L
  • pH: 3.63