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2012 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Blanc "Mendocino"

Navarro 2012 Pinot Blanc

Winery: Navarro Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Mendocino"

Wine Category: Pinot Blanc

Grape blend: 88% Pinot Blanc and 12% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mendocino

State or country: CA

Price: $16

Cases produced: 1,150

KWG Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: August 11, 2013

Wine Review: This is Navarro's first release of Pinot Blanc. Wow, they are off to a really good start. It is almost clear colored and opens with a mild pear bouquet with a hint of vanilla. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a tasty green apple with notes of minerality and Anjou pear. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite some time. I would pair this very good wine with Emeril's crab cakes. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: In our morning tastings we found that an addition of 12 percent Chardonnay nicely augmented Pinot Blanc's citrus-melon flavors and lengthened the finish. Pinot Blanc is an underappreciated variety but we think Navarro's newest "baby" will please with its bright bouquet, clean flavors, crisp finish and moderate price tag.

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Navarro 2012 Pinot Blanc.

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