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2021 Grüner Veltliner
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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Our next door neighbor Gil Ordway passed away this May at the age of 97. Gil was a remarkable conservationist and philanthropist who cared deeply about farming, ranching and open space; his championship of this scarcely-planted grape variety in California was typical of his visionary outlook. Navarro's Grüner Veltliner is produced from grapes grown at Gil's and his wife Marge's Valley Foothills Vineyard. A celebrated variety in Austria, this is the only planting of this variety in Anderson Valley. We produced our first Grüner Veltliner in 2020; the grapes approached full ripeness in late August with grape sugars rising and acidity dropping. Our primary concern was retaining enough natural acidity to produce a “food” wine; the grapes tasted ripe so we made the decision to harvest the Grüner at a lower sugar level than most of our other white grapes. The wine was well received by both our customers and wine critics so we decided to follow the same protocol in 2021.
Harvesting at Valley Foothills Vineyard. [below]

[above] Gilman and Marge Ordway

We harvested the 2021 fruit in late August right before a heat spell with 100°F temperatures—the grapes tasted ripe even at a sugar level lower than the previous vintage. After destemming and pressing, we cold-settled the juice and a few days later racked it to a temperature-controlled German oak oval for fermentation and aging sur lie for seven months. Anderson Valley Grüner possesses an interesting and unique flavor profile; the wine is dry, medium-bodied, fruit driven with roundness from sur lie aging. With only 12.5% alcohol, the 2021 slides down easily. The wine was entered into five wine competitions and earned Gold Medals in each. In addition, at the California State Fair it was declared best Grüner from California and the best wine from Mendocino County. Only 288 cases were produced. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class. 98 Points.

Harvested: Aug. 24, 2021 Sugars at harvest: 21.5° Brix
Bottled: May 6, 2022 Cases produced: 288
Alcohol: 12.5% Titratable acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.23

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