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Navarro Vineyards

Owner(s) Ted Bennet, Deborah Cahn
Web site www.navarrowine.com
 
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Navarro Vineyards

Ted Bennett and Deborah Cahn left the San Francisco Bay area and bought a 900-acre sheep ranch in Anderson Valley in 1973. The next year they began planting white varietals (they were Alsatian wine fanciers) along with 5 acres of Pinot Noir (UCD-4) on one rootstock. In 2012, they had 40 acres of estate Pinot Noir in production with 9 clones on 6 rootstocks divided into eight unique parcels ranging from 350 to 1500 feet in altitude. They source another 10 acres under contract with neighboring Valley Foothills Vineyard.

The next generation, Aaron and Sarah Cahn Bennett, now are actively involved in the winery. Winemaker Jim Klein has been at Navarro since 1992. Three Pinot Noirs are produced: a Mendocino blend, a Méthode á l'Ancienne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (from Navarro's estate fruit and a small percentage of grapes from other growers in the Anderson Valley), and a Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (a reserve made exclusively from higher elevated sites and the most age worthy).

The tasting room in Philo on Highway 128 is open daily. A very informative newsletter is sent to mailing list customers. Navarro is also a leading producer of Alsatian style wines and all Navarro wines are of the highest quality, yet the prices continue to be very reasonable. The tasting room sells cheeses from Pennyroyal Farm down the road in Boonville which is run by Sarah.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Navarro Vineyards Methode à l’Anciene Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.74, 2,463 cases, $29, release November 1, 2012. 100% de-stemmed, aged in 39% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of hibiscus, deep red cherries and spice. Mid weight flavors of darker red stone fruits with a complimentary hint of oak. Very drinkable now with a highly aromatic, fruitfilled finish. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Navarro Méthode A L’Ancienne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.67, 4,910 cases, $29. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure, but pleasing aromas of black raspberries and boysenberries with a hint of brier and oak. Fresh and uplifting on the palate with a darker berry and black cherry flavor profile. Medium-weighted with well-behaved tannins and bright acidity. Admirable balance predicts longevity. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Navarro Vineyards Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.69, 979 cases, $49. Release August 1, 2011. · Medium reddish-purple color and clear in the glass. Shy, but spirited aromas of cherries and berries. Layers of fruit flavor cascade over the palate revealing notes of plums, cherries and berries. Smoothly textured with gossamer tannins. A well-crafted wine that aims to please. Very good (+). Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Navarro Vineyards Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $38 (futures price). · Moderately dark ruby color in the glass. Nice fruity aromas of plums and blackberry jam with a hint of herbal oak and smoke. Tasty darker fruit core with a tarry, smoky, ash edge. Nicely crafted with lively acidity and some grape tannins to shed. One of the better smoke affected 08s from Anderson Valley. Decent. Note: Navarro made the welcome gesture of sending out a bottle of this wine free to all buyers of previous vintages (including myself) to allow them to evaluate it and decide if they wanted to buy the wine despite the vintage challenges. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Navarro Vineyards Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.74, 1,125 cases, $49. To be released in the summer 2010. Clones 115, 667 and 777. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Ripely fruited with prominent ash notes on the nose and palate. There is a core of pretty cherry and berry fruit lurking in the background but it can’t compete with the smoke taint. Reflects the vintage. Decent. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Navarro Méthode A L’Ancienne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $29. · Moderate reddish-purple robe in the glass. Similar to the 2006 vintage but has its own style with a little more structure and darker fruits. Black cherries are the theme with perfect integration of toasty oak. Finishes with a lingering aromatic intensity that aims to please. Outstanding. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Navarro Vineyards Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 1,572 cases, $49. Release date March 2010. Harvest Brix 26.5º. Clones are 114, 115, 667, 777 and Pommard 4. · This is a precocious wine that is very approachable now. Charming perfume of a fresh cherry pie with a hint of oak spice. Plums and berries lead the balanced attack with a perfect tug of acidity. Smooth and refined with an appealing elegance. Pick any superlative you want. Could be the best Anderson Valley Pinot Noir I tasted at this year’s Festival. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Navarro Mendocino Pinot Noir

$19. · An entry level Pinot Noir which is perfectly fine for what it is. Pleasant with lightly spiced red fruits and sparkling acidity. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Navarro Méthode A L’Ancienne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $29. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Appealing bright aromas of black cherries, berry jam on brioche and a hint of vanilla. Seamless on the palate with a delicious core of cherries, a complimentary hint of anise and oak, mild tannins, and a finishing charge of cherries jubilee. Impeccable balance. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2006 Navarro Methode L’Ancienne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

$29. · This is the flagship Pinot Noir which is widely available. Year in and year out it is consistently fine and this vintage is no exception. Perfumed with cherries, roses and tea, and both cherries and herbs leap out on the palate. Oak is deftly integrated. Beautifully crafted and harmonious, a terrific Pinot and one of the best tasted this Festival weekend. A steal at this price. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Navarro Deep End Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

$45. · Primarily pre-sold to wine club members. This one has the most backbone and structure and will reward patience. All the good stuff is there and worth joining the wine club to get your hands on some. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Navarro Vineyards Méthode à l’Ancienne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $33. The top of the line Navarro Pinot Noir. The name refers to gentle punch downs of the fermenting must. The grapes come from the very cool northern “deep end” part of the Anderson Valley and are mostly estate grown. There is a variety of clones including Dijon 113, 114,115, 667, 777, Pommard 4 and Martini 13, and two field blends of Chalone and David Bruce, all planted on various rootstocks using different trellises at elevations of 300 to 1,300 feet. · A fragrant wine that picks up intensity and interest with time in the glass. Deep, rich black cherry, herb and hay scents. Full-flavored but elegant and beautifully composed with crisp acidity. Cherry-driven flavor profile with savory herbs. A ballerina in full-flight. Reviewed October 1, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Navarro Mendocino County Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $16. Sourced from several local family owned vineyards. Fashioned in the same manner as the winery's more complex bottling labeled as "Deep End," and is aged 10 months in French oak. · A very stylish effort from a consistent and highly respected Anderson Valley producer. The wine is like a teddy bear: soft, cuddly, and comfortable with no hard edges. The aromas are dreamy with plenty of cherry, strawberry and vanilla evident. The Pinot fruits are presented with delicacy, and the finish, while not lingering, has brisk acidity. A steal at this price. Reviewed September 5, 2006

2004 Navarro Methode l’Ancienne Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $25. · The first pour offers striking floral and redwood notes in the aromas, but with air the wine moves toward an equally appealing rich dark cherry and toast profile. Cherry, strawberry and rhubarb pie make up the core flavors which have good intensity. The tannins are supple. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Navarro Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc, $45. · This is a deeply colored Pinot Noir with plenty of vigor. The nose and flavors are very pinotypical and the winemaking here is seamless. The dark, plummy fruit is saucy and lush. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »

2000 Navarro Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

First vintage without whole cluster. 12% Savoy Vineyard fruit. · Quite enjoyable although slightly oxidized showing aromas of black currants, plums and mushrooms. On the palate, the fruit is slightly roasted with notes of brown spice and root beer. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

1994 Navarro Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15% whole cluster. · Good color. Aromas of plums, earth and barnyard. Impressive dark stone fruit intensity with a sweet tone. Still enjoyable. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

1991 Navarro Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

20% whole cluster. 10% new oak. · Slight orange tinge to the rim. Moderately light in color. Hint of fig, soy and prune in the nose. Flavors of dried cherry skin, veering to the tart side. Still very decent, needing food to balance out the acidity. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »