• 2021 Gewürztraminer
    Deep End
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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Deep End 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.

[above] 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.
Harvesting West Hill Gewürztraminer. [below] It is easy to tell when the Gewürz is ready to harvest; in addition to tasting the fruit we note if the berries have turned russet in color and the seeds a golden brown.

The vines were harvested at night—our first Gewürztraminer field to ripen—and the cold grapes were destemmed into a tank so that the skins could macerate to extract additional flavor and aromatics into the juice. After four hours, the must was pressed and the juice transferred to a refrigerated cask for any solids to settle; three days later the clarified juice was racked to a French oak oval to ferment and quietly age sur lie for seven months prior to bottling. The wine is deeper, sexier and less austere as compared to our Estate Bottled cuvée, with intonations of daphne, lychee, guava and grapefruit. Double Gold Medal-winner. 94 points.

[left] We've built raptor perches in our fields to help control rodents that nibble the vines; we photo­graphed this falcon in the West Hill Gewürz.

  • Harvested: Sept. 8, 2021
  • Sugars at harvest: 24.2° Brix
  • Bottled: May 9, 2022
  • Cases produced: 300
  • Alcohol: 12.8%
  • Titratable acidity: 5.4 g/L
  • pH: 3.21