• 2021 Navarrouge
    Red Wine
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The 2021 Navarrouge is a complex cuvée crafted from four distinct grape varieties: Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot and Carignane. The Zinfandel component—32% of the blend—was produced from 50-year-old vines on the Ford Ranch near Talmage planted in well-drained Pinole-Yokayo loam soils. The Pinot Noir portion—30% of the total—is from excess barrels to Navarro's Pinot Noir bottlings. Petit Verdot—23% of the blend—was grown on a rocky south-facing knoll south of Ukiah. Petit Verdot is famously concentrated in color and tannin with the harshest tannins being extracted as the fermentation approaches dryness. Consequently the wine was tasted twice daily during fermentation and pressed early at 8.5° Brix.

[left] Phil punching down an open-top fermentor in which we fermented the Zinfandel, Petit Verdot and Carignane.

[above] Jim and Al Tollini discussing pruning of these old head-trained vines. The photo is from 2008; we've purchased Carignane, Zinfandel, Barbera and Grenache from Al and Sally Tollini's vineyard for a long time!

The remaining 15% of the blend is old-vine Carignane, which was farmed by Al and Sally Tollini. Their mature head-trained vines were planted on a seven-foot-by-seven-foot grid in the 1950s. The flavor profile of the Navarrouge is dominated by the fruity flavors from the Zinfandel and Pinot components including wild blackberry, cherry and raspberry. The Petit Verdot and Carignane add a firm backbone to the wine and plummy flavors with a sage-lavender essence. All four were aged in seasoned French oak barrels as separate wines, then like four roads meeting at a point, they joined together for one of Navarro's most popular reds. The tannins are ample and this bottle is a steal at only $18.00 by the full case. Gold Medal winner.

  • Harvested: Sept. 1, to Oct. 7, 2021
  • Sugars at harvest: 24.0° Brix
  • Bottled: Aug. 23, 2022
  • Cases produced: 953
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.1 g/L
  • pH: 3.67