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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Navarro Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir

Navarro Vineyards

2004 Pinot Noir "Méthode á l’Ancien"
(Anderson Valley)

Those who follow the small, remote Navarro Vineyards know that it is famed for Gewurztraminer, late harvest Riesling, Pinot Gris and even a dry Muscat. But insiders know that the best wine, year to year, from this small project is an unassuming-when-young Pinot Noir.

Anderson Valley is a cool region, evidenced by the fact that Gewurztraminer and Riesling do brilliantly here. So does Pinot Noir, but it usually makes a wine that lacks the dramatic aroma and deep concentration seen elsewhere in California, such as the Russian River, Santa Lucia Highlands or Santa Rita hills. But what is clear is that Anderson Valley Pinots have the staying power some of the wines from other regions lack. And in this mode, the wines often don’t show as dramatically as do wines from other regions.

Navarro’s wines seem to age slowly and are best at age eight to ten years. This wine is a classic example. The aroma is bright with cherry hints in the nose along with blueberry and subtle spices. The mid-palate is succulent and medium-full and there are no oak overtones to detract from the fruit. This is a classic richly fruity red that will age nicely for a few years. It is largely available from the winery or in a few California restaurants.

Reviewed August 3, 2007 by Dan Berger.

The Wine

Winery: Navarro Vineyards
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Pinot Noir "Méthode á l’Ancien"
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: 750ml $25.00

Review Date: 8/3/2007

The Reviewer

Dan Berger

Dan Berger has been reviewing wine for 30 years, always seeking character related to varietal type and regional identity. He has never used numbers to rank wine and doesn’t plan to start any time soon. He believes that weight and concentration aren’t the only worthy aspects of wine and is especially smitten by cool-climate and food-friendly wines that offer distinctiveness.