is the way Anderson Valley locals refer to the northwest end of the valley. Perhaps the term originated because the Navarro River deepens among the redwoods as it flows to the sea. Over decades, Navarro has reserved the term for our most deeply flavorful bottlings; originally used for our Deep End
Pinot Noirs and later for our most fragrant and intense Gewürztraminers. The West Hill is a terraced, contoured vineyard that faces northwest and is quite exposed to the ocean's cool breezes. The uppermost section of the West Hill typically provides the most aromatic and flavorful Gewürztraminer grapes and in favorable vintages produces our Deep End
bottling. The soils at the top of the hill are thinner and the vines always deliver a more meager crop though the clusters are typically a little riper than most of the field.
Dumping Gewürztraminer clusters into the destemmer. The winery crew begins their shift at four in the morning to get an early start on processing the night-harvested fruit. The vineyard crew starts at midnight and is still harvesting when the winery crew arrives; grapes are destemmed just a few hours after being picked.