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2014 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir "Anderson Valley"

Winery: Navarro Vineyards

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Anderson Valley"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Anderson Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $20

Cases produced: 3,215

KWG Score: 91 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: July 3, 2016

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Navarro opens with a mild black plum bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild black plum and old oak blend with hints of Dr. Pepper. I also detected hints of faint minerality and a touch of blackberry. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This Pinot is very food friendly and would pair nicely grilled mahi-mahi. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Although 2013 has been heralded as a great vintage for California Pinot Noir, like Oregon producers, we're even more impressed with this 2014 vintage. The season produced a wine with a fully ripe black cherry profile and the higher pH makes the wine a little more accessible in its youth. We kept the tannins supple by fermenting in small lots and punching down by hand. After pressing, the wine was aged ten months in seasoned, rather than new, French oak barrels to showcase Pinot's succulent fruit, then aged another year in bottles prior to release. A heavenly match with beef stew enhanced with local morels and chanterelles or just saute the mushrooms for vegetarians in your crowd.

Organic status: not organic

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