We harvested a healthy Pinot Gris crop in 2008 and proceeded to ferment and age our normal quantity of wine. This spring, fretting about the teetering economy, we decided to bottle less high end wine than in prior years. We always sell off our weaker lots as bulk wine but because of reduced bottling needs, we ended up with some excellent lots even after the bulk sales. Navarro's mailing list customers always snap up our Chardonnay Table Wine in a matter of weeks because they know it's both up to Navarro quality standards and easy on the wallet. We decided to bottle the remaining high quality lots of Pinot Gris as Table Wine too. The Pinot Gris is a blend of two lots that were partially used for our higher priced varietal bottling.
All of our Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris are fermented as individual vineyard or clonal lots in French and German Oak ovals. Fermenting and aging in oak casks sur lie adds some delicate yeasty notes but most importantly rounds out the wine in the mouth.
The delicate citrusy aromas hint of pear and tangerine and the mouthfeel is rich with hazelnut oil. It is not quite as dry or intense as our regular bottling but represents an exceptional value. It is in very limited supply and a great way to replenish the wine cellar without breaking the bank.
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