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2011 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir "Anderson Valley"

Navarro 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Winery: Navarro Vineyards

Vintage: 2011

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: 3,406

KWG Score: 87 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: September 10, 2013

Wine Review: This bright red colored Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley opens with a fragrant strawberry bouquet with a hint of red cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a mild red cherry with hints black pepper, gentle oak and spice. The finish is dry and its flavors linger slightly. This wine would pair well with a Cuban sandwich. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: We began expanding Navarro's Pinot Noir vineyards in 1990, and by 2009, we were growing enough Pinot to improve wine quality in this bottling by replacing the less expensive Mendocino grapes with more flavorful Anderson Valley grapes. We assumed that the wine would sell even better with the more select appellation, so beginning with the 2010 vintage, we labeled the wine as Anderson Valley. To be honest, the name change has caused some confusion with staff and customers, since now all three Navarro Pinots bear the same Anderson Valley appellation. In house, we still refer to this wine as Mendo Pinot, since habits of nineteen years are hard to break.

Organic status: not organic

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