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When the 2022 Chardonnay grapes were still green, a September storm brought three inches of rain. By the time the grapes were ready for harvest, rot had begun to spread. Because rot spreads rapidly once it reaches a critical level, we instructed the crew to avoid vines with rotted fruit and swiftly harvest the healthy grapes for our "premium" lots. Later on, when we had sufficient time, we carefully picked and sorted the fruit that remained. During the winter, we assessed the quality of each wine lot before starting the blending process for our final cuvées. Following the blending of both the Première Reserve and Mendocino bottlings, we found ourselves with surplus "premium" wine, which amounted to approximately 1,200 cases—plenty, but only about 85% of what we had hoped to bottle as Chardonnay Table Wine. We combined all the remaining premium lots in our first Table Wine tasting and the wine tasted lovely.

Harvesting Hammer Olsen Chardonnay at dawn. [below]

[above] Navarro's cellar crew in front of Chardonnay barrels. The contents of each barrel are written in white chalk. The first two letters, CH, denote the grape variety, followed by the field and other identifiers like clone or row numbers.

While we had some other lots from the sorted pickings that were nice on their own, nothing seemed to make the Table Wine more than it already was, so we chose to produce a bit less. Two-thirds of the grapes were estate-grown and the wine aged in a mixture of seasoned and new French oak barrels. One-third was from Hop Kiln Vineyard north of Ukiah and was cool-fermented with no secondary fermentation, then aged in seasoned puncheons to retain fruitiness. Navarro enthusiasts know that our Chardonnay Table Wine represents a lot of bang for the buck: fresh and lemony with a price tag that makes it a simple pleasure to open a bottle. Gold Medal winner.

Harvested: Sept. 14 - 30, 2022 Sugars at harvest: 23.0° Brix
Bottled: June 22, 2023 Cases produced: 1,255
Alcohol: 13.7% Titratable acidity: 6.1 g/L
pH: 3.46

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