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2022 Pinot Noir New!
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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Navarro boasts seven fields of Pinot Noir, with an eighth in the dawdling spring phase of replanting. (We're trying to be patient about it.) These vineyards are divided into blocks meticulously categorized by clone, and in two vineyards, even diversifying rootstock for an extra permutation. After fermentation, we age the wines individually in 60-gallon French oak barrels—some new, some seasoned—because each clone deserves its own spotlight. Come June, the real magic begins. We embark on blending trials for our Deep End, Méthode à l'Ancienne and single-vineyard designations. Once those stars are chosen, we dive into more blending trials for this particular bottling.

[above] Pinot Noir vineyard harvest crew taking a 3 AM coffee break.
Harvesting South Hill Pinot Noir. [below] The leaves around the clusters have been removed to facilitate harvesting and picking all the grapes at a fast clip.

Our largest vineyard, the South Hill, flexed its Pinot muscles, giving us 36 barrels in 2022: 12 of clone 777, nine of clone 667 and 15 of clone 115. After blending our more expensive Pinots, we found ourselves with nine barrels of clone 777 and six of clone 115 from the South Hill as surplus. As for the smaller vineyard lots, 17 barrels were more than we needed for the fancy stuff, so they happily ended up in this cuvée leaving leftover Pinot barrels to shine in our Navarrouge offering. After an 11-month rest in barrels ranging from new to five years old, we decided it was time to share the joy. The wine was bottled in mid-August 2023 with minimal filtration. Cheers to our barrel-by-barrel methodology; a lovely Pinot at a lovely price! Gold Medal winner. 92 points.

Harvested: Sept. 17 to Oct. 8, 2022 Sugars at harvest: 24.2° Brix
Bottled: Aug. 16, 2023 Cases produced: 1,248
Alcohol: 13.7% Titratable acidity: 5.8 g/L
pH: 3.72

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