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Varietal: Pinot Noir. In the past two decades Navarro has tripled their estate Pinot Noir vineyards with the hope that when the vineyards came into full production they could offer a lower-priced Pinot Noir which would be a good way to sell off their leftovers— sound wine that was excess to the higher-priced bottlings.
Vineyard: Eighteen different small Navarro lots—many of the same lots that comprise part of their Méthode à l'Ancienne cuvée, and 30% from the neighboring Valley Foothills Vineyard.
Appellation: Anderson Valley (Mendocino County)
Vinification: All the grapes were fermented by hand—the old-fashioned way—then aged 11 months in French oak barrels, about 15% new. Navarro Pinot Noir barrels are hand-made from tight-grained oak from the Allier forests in France.
Tasting Notes: Pure red-cherry Pinot flavors, light oak-toast-vanilla, tamed tannins and modest alcohol; what's not to like?