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2022 Riesling
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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Harvest at our winery starts off at a snail's pace but it escalates faster than a sugar rush. Every day, more grapes come pouring in, and within a week, it's like a full-blown grape invasion. The winery becomes a buzzing hive of activity, with key staff working for 12 hours or more per day, six days a week. Navarro's Riesling is grown in sheltered, warm locations but in spite of the advantageous sites, they are still the last grapes to ripen. To make matters tougher, Riesling berries have delicate, thin skins that just love to invite rot to the party. The winery crew only realizes this surprise when they finally catch a breath from their month-long frenzy of daily tasks. About a third of our Riesling grapes in 2022 were foregone for the production of a late harvest wine.

[above] Harvesting Campsite Riesling at nighttime.
The Campsite [below] has an atypical microclimate. It's an enclosed valley protected on three sides by hills. Cold air from the several hundred acres of woodland above keeps the field air-cooled in the morning, but since it is protected from the ocean breezes, the afternoons are unusually warm.

For this dry bottling, we had two vineyard blocks that were harvested with pristine, clean fruit and a third field with a hefty dose of fresh botrytis. The grapes were destemmed and pressed, then the juice was fermented and aged in French oak ovals as separate wines. The basic flavor profile of Anderson Valley Riesling is green apple from our clone 11 block and red apple from the riper N90 block. The grapes with the fresh botrytis added tantalizing apricot-like flavors to the cuvée. Because of a meager crop and the unplanned production of a late harvest wine, this is our smallest bottling of dry Riesling in over three decades. Gold Medal winner. 96 Points.

Harvested: Sept. 30 - Oct. 10, 2022 Sugars at harvest: 22.7° Brix
Bottled: May 8, 2023 Cases produced: 630
Alcohol: 13.5 % Titratable acidity: 6.9 g/L
pH: 3.19

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