Grapelive Weekend Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2007 Navarro Pinot Noir “Methode A L’ Ancienne” Anderson Valley, Mendocino.
Though Anderson Valley is remote and takes a while to get to, it is a great place to visit and Navarro Vineyards is a most see and taste kind of place. All the Navarro wines are well made and fairly priced, in fact they continue to offer some of the best wine for the money in California. Their 2007 “Methode A L’Ancienne” Pinot is lovely and elegant, very much in the Burgundy style with pretty fruit, soft texture and medium body. The nose is slightly floral, the palate is silky with strawberry, raspberry and a solid core of cherry fruit, with a touch of plum, spice and vanilla. Everything is balanced and bright making for a great drinking wine anytime. This is not a full blown Grand Cru or California Pinot, but an easy and lovable wine that has nice depth and classic character that can be enjoyed over the next 3-5 years.
($29-31 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive