Since the 1994 vintage, the best part of Navarro's Pinot Noir has been pre-sold a year before release. We call our favorite Pinot Noir the Deep End, which is an old Boontling term for the chilly, northwestern edge of the Anderson Valley where the grapes, cooled by ocean breezes, mature slowly and ripen late. This wine is a blend of our best lots from our best Deep End vineyards, aged in our best barrels, so it is a special wine that we can only produce in a limited quantity.
The 2022 harvest season in Anderson Valley presented weather challenges. The first problem came in the form of a heat wave with scorching temperatures of 110°F in early September. To mitigate the heat, we turned on the vineyard sprinklers and cooled the vines. However, just a week later, we encountered a second hurdle—a major storm that brought three inches of rain.
Tasting a barrel sample before a wine is packaged and bottle-aged requires skill and imagination. It takes experience to predict how a wine will taste a year down the road. Navarro's Pre-Release members have practiced the art of barrel sampling Navarro Pinot Noir since the 1994 vintage at the August Futures Offering and Barrel Tasting and they end up ordering the lion's share.
Please note the 2022 Deep End Futures are available for pick up or delivery beginning in August 2024. Shipping and tax are paid at time of shipment.
Navarro's farms vineyards up to 1200 feet above the valley floor. Ocean breezes, southwest-facing slopes, well-drained soil, planted in varying clonal selections, makes these Pinot Noirs, produced from estate grown grapes.
A meager crop, coupled with untimely climate conditions, rendered the creation of single vineyard wines unattainable, as only a limited number of lots were deemed worthy of the Deep End Pinot Noir designation. Hence, we made the decision to blend the finest wines hailing from four estate vineyard sites. We are pleased with our limited edition 2022 Deep End Pinot Noir with flavors suggesting black cherry, dark plum, Asian spices, cinnamon toast and polished tannins.
We will cellar the 2022 Deep End another six months in French Oak barrels and bottle it in the spring of 2024, then age it in bottle in our cellars until release. Wine purchased as futures will be available for pick up or delivery in 2024 from July until September. Price does not include sales tax or shipping which will be collected when the wine is shipped. The futures offering ends when the quantities set aside are fully subscribed.