Ratings & Tasting Notes:
From the winery:
We’ve changed Navarro’s recipe for Navarrouge several times since our first vintage in 1992. In 2008, we made the decision to make the dominant variety Zinfandel, with Syrah as the second most important variety. We set out to find growers with old-vine Zin and Syrah vines and, if the vineyards looked promising, we purchased their fruit for the base-wine in our red table wine program through 2012.
In the spring of 2013, we decided to make a change. We were pleased with Syrah’s black cherry flavors but the tannins were a little too aggressive since we think Navarrouge should be easy-to-drink in its youth. Navarro now has almost 50 acres of Pinot Noir vineyards, and although they are our most expensive grape variety, with their softer tannin structure and red cherry flavors, they make an excellent Syrah replacement. Zinfandel and Pinot Noir constitute 67% of this vintage with four other varieties making up the balance, in order of importance: Grenache, Carignane, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Each lot was fermented in open-top tanks then racked to seasoned French oak barrels to finish malolactic fermentation and age for 10 months. In late July 2014, Navarro’s tasting panel decided on the final blend; the Navarrouge was bottled a month later in August. Medium bodied backed with soft tannins and flavors suggesting plum, blackberry and cranberry. Gold Medal winner. Best of Class.
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
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