• 2022 Pinot Gris
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
    • (750 ml) Sold Out!
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Most of our Alsatian grape varieties had small clusters in 2022, resulting in a disappointingly light harvest for these varieties. We managed to bottle enough Gewürztraminer as a replanted vineyard came into full production in 2022. However, this was not the case for Pinot Gris or Riesling. Our 2022 bottlings of these wines amount to roughly two-thirds of our usual production and as a result, we anticipate selling out well before the next vintage becomes available. This is disappointing considering the positive reception these wines have received in competitions despite the challenging weather conditions we faced during harvest. This wine is a cuvée selected from three vineyard blocks. The largest and ripest lot was harvested on September 16 from the VF Ridge block, located near the valley floor.

[above] Pressure washing the floor prior to harvest. These larger ovals hold enough wine to bottle about 600 cases.
Sheep in our Middle Ridge Pinot Gris vineyard before pruning. [below] The five in the photo are rams and we keep them separated from the main flock most of the year. All of Navarro's vineyards and gardens are irrigated with winter rainwater that we collect and store in several ponds; groundwater is reserved for winery and domestic use.

Two smaller lots were harvested from our mountain vineyard, Middle Ridge, on October 7 and 8; the later harvest reflects a cooler microclimate. The wine offers a captivating mix of flavors. The ripe valley floor grapes bring forth deep tropical fruit notes with some oiliness, while the less ripe mountain grapes contribute a fragrant citrusy element with excellent acidity. The resulting blend is balanced and flavorful, showcasing the unique characteristics of each vineyard block. At the 2023 California State Fair this Pinot Gris was rated Best of California. Double Gold Medal winner. 96 Points.

  • Harvested: Sept. 16 - Oct. 8, 2022
  • Sugars at harvest: 23.3° Brix
  • Bottled: May 5, 2023
  • Cases produced: 1,150
  • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.2 g/L
  • pH: 3.30