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2022 Chardonnay New!
  Première Reserve
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
  (750 ml) - $33.00 Buy Now!
  (375 ml) - $18.00 Buy Now!
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Our Première Reserve Chardonnay takes a carefully planned journey from vine to barrel to glass. The estate-grown grapes, nurtured with care, originate from two distinct fields. In the larger field—75% of this bottling—the vineyard stitches together five blocks into an elaborate quilt of nature. Two blocks boast the 420A rootstock and three embrace the 3309C rootstock. The 420A, with its deep tap root, interacts with the soil in a different way than the expansive root system of the 3309C. This affects the grape flavors, as each rootstock draws nutrients from different layers of the earth. Two distinctive, French-origin clones were grafted onto these rootstocks. Clone 76, the most prolific of the pair, lends pear-lemon flavors with an aromatic profile reminiscent of lemon blossom. Clone 548 hints at tropical fruits and prefers a slightly warmer fermentation, resulting in wines with an enhanced mouthfeel. To prevent the robust flavors of oak from overshadowing our Chardonnay's natural beauty, we take an extra step. Our tight-grained French oak barrels are air-dried for three years, a year longer than the standard practice, ensuring a subtle oak influence that harmonizes with the fruit.

[above] Sarah in Sardinia, standing in front of carefully peeled cork bark destined for Navarro bottle closures.

[above] Alfredo standing in front of new barrels. Billon barrels, behind Alfredo, are destined for Chardonnay and the Tremeaux barrels in front are for Pinot Noir.

The aging process, where the wines rest on the lees for a generous eight months, adds roundness to the final cuvée. So, there you have it—a glimpse into the voyage and craftsmanship behind our Première Reserve Chardonnay. Gold Medal winner. 94 points.

[above] Billon cooperage in Beaune. They age the oak planks for three years—rather than the traditional two—before cutting into barrel staves for Navarro.

Harvested: Sept. 29-30, 2022 Sugars at harvest: 23.1° Brix
Bottled: June 21, 2023 Cases produced: 1,186
Alcohol: 13.8% Titratable acidity: 6.1 g/L
pH: 3.48

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