• 2023 EdelzwickerNew!
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
    • (750 ml) $21.00
    • (Full Case) $204.00 ($48.00 off!)
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The term Edelzwicker, which means noble blend in English, originated in Alsace in 1644 to describe a blend of the noble grape varieties: Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. In the 19th century, this blend was considered better than each grape variety on its own.


[above] Spreading compost in our Campsite Riesling vineyard. All of the grape skins, stems and seeds that we generate in our wine production are mixed with animal waste and composted for a season.


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Oak barrels and ovals must be thoroughly cleaned before and after use. The only way to clean an oval is to get inside and scrub it down. [above] Ulises has cleaned the oval and is exiting on his way to clean the next one.

However, in more recent times, the term has been used for a mix of any grapes permitted in Alsace, including those from high-yielding vines like Auxerrois, Sylvaner, Chasselas and Pinot Blanc. We aim to create a delicious Edelzwicker wine every year, but it's only when all three noble grape varieties produce a good crop that we can truly understand why the traditional blend was once seen as superior. In 2023, we had 11 casks of Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris to choose from. After an initial tasting of Pinot Gris and Riesling, we honed in on a blend dominated by Pinot Gris. Then we added Gewürztraminer to the Pinot Gris-Riesling mix and agreed that the best blend contained 26% Gewürztraminer, which balanced the flavors well and offered notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pear and apple with a lingering fruity finish. The blend is a longtime favorite in Navarro's tasting room. Double Gold Medal winner.

Specifications
  • Harvested: Sept. 23 to Oct. 20, 2023
  • Sugars at harvest: 23.0° Brix
  • Bottled: May 2, 2024
  • Cases produced: 843
  • Alcohol: 13.4%
  • Residual sugars: 1.5%
  • Titratable acidity: 7.1 g/L
  • pH: 3.14