• 2021 Pinot NoirNew!
    Middle Ridge
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
    • (750 ml) $49.00
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Wild West

Next time you are enjoying a picnic at Navarro glance up at the hills—the vineyard that is shaped like the boot of Italy halfway up the mountain is the one we call Middle Ridge. The vineyard boasts a steep slope facing west, where vines are carefully planted on terraced rows that run north and south. With a direct view of the ocean, the vines enjoy the refreshing sea breezes in the afternoon. While the row positioning is perfect for soaking up the afternoon sun, ripening of the grapes tends to be a bit slower due to cooling breezes. Surrounded by forest, the air in the vineyard carries the invigorating scents of pine and redwood, all of which seem to be reflected in the wines we produce here. The result is medium-bodied and almost delicate wine, offering vibrant cherry notes and a refreshing acidity. Thanks to a low crop yield—2.6 tons per acre—this year's vintage boasts a depth of flavors that are at once subtle and concentrated. Gold Medal winner. 91 Points.

[above] Dan punching down Pinot Noir. We keep each field and clonal selection of Pinot Noir as separate lots during fermentation and aging. Middle Ridge is planted to three different clones and during our blending trials, a cuvée of clones ENTAV 777 and ENTAV 667 was chosen as best representing the field in 2021.

Specifications
  • Harvested: Oct. 7, 2021
  • Sugars at harvest: 24.0° Brix
  • Bottled: Mar. 6, 2023
  • Cases produced: 102
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.5 g/L
  • pH: 3.44