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2010 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir "Anderson Valley"

Navarro 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Winery: Navarro Vineyards

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Anderson Valley"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Anderson Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $20

Cases produced: 3,383

KWG Score: 87 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: November 10, 2012

Wine Review: This is a very good Pinot for $20. It is ruby colored and opens with black currant and black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mild plum with hints of black currant, mild smoky oak and a dash of black pepper. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are a bit sticky and linger. This wine is food friendly and it would pair well with Legal’s Portuguese fisherman's stew made with cornmeal crusted scrod stewed with mussels, clams and chourico sausage in a saffron tomato broth. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This vintage we are changing the appellation on Navarro's bargain priced Pinot Noir from Mendocino to Anderson Valley and we hope this is a permanent change. Anderson Valley is now considered one of California's three best appellations for Pinot and we are pretty careful growers. This Pinot was aged in seasoned, rather than new, French oak barrels and we bottled it in a less expensive bottle and a shorter cork than our more pricey bottlings, but we didn't skimp on the grapes or our attention to detail! Spiced pomegranate, plum and cherry flavors make this wine intriguing regardless of the name.

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Navarro 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

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