• 2023 Pinot GrigioNew!
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
    • (750 ml) $21.00
    • (Full Case) $204.00 ($48.00 off!)
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Ah, the curious dance of grapes and casks! In 2023, we harvested four fields of Pinot Gris, each boasting grapes at different stages of ripeness. We cool-fermented the resulting juices in seven oak ovals, where they aged sur lie for seven quiet months. In a blind tasting we sampled the seven lots. First off, we sought those with lean elegance, herbal whispers and a zesty acidity, the traditional style for our Pinot Grigio. Simultaneously we differentiated the lots most appropriate for our plumper Pinot Gris bottling—to be released in November— replete with juiciness and hints of hazelnut oil. A few of the remaining lots were destined for Navarro's slightly sweeter Edelzwicker.


[above] Pinot Gris is genetically unstable so we frequently see ripe berries or whole clusters that are yellow rather than purple.


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[above] Alfredo racking wine out of an oval. We ferment and age our Pinot Gris wines sur lie in these French oak ovals. We have over 30 ovals that range in size from 250 to 1,450 gallons, allowing us to keep each picking separate.

A disappointing lot didn't make the grade at all and was sacrificed to bulk wine. Oval 18 emerged as the star cask for the Grigio, housing the wine from grapes earmarked for our Pinot Grigio since 2018, when it first dazzled our palates. To round out the flavor spectrum, we judiciously incorporated riper lots, primarily from Oval 22 with a 12% contribution. Behold Navarro's Pinot Grigio—an Italian beauty, brimming with racy quince, lime and fresh herb notes, a testament to the diversity of the grape and the magic of the cask. Gold Medal winner.


[above] Ripe Pinot Gris clusters are hard to differentiate from ripe Pinot Noir. The Gris clusters are longer and the berries have a deep purple tint, whereas the Noir fruit appears more dark blue.

Specifications
  • Harvested: Sept. 22 - 24, 2023
  • Sugars at harvest: 23.2° Brix
  • Bottled: April 30, 2024
  • Cases produced: 667
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Titratable acidity: 6.1 g/L
  • pH: 3.19