First off, the Navarro Vineyards Dry Gewurztraminer smells awesome. Honeydew melon, fresh ginger, peach, grapefruit, orange blossoms and white pepper. The taste moves on to orange zest, more melons and fresh-cut flowers. (Steers away from the honey/lychee/oily style of Gewurz). Medium/high acidity, typical of cool Anderson Valley wines and a ballerina-like strength and lightness. Fuji apples, green tea and a dash of peppery spice on the finish. Could drink this wine all day and night. Navarro only sells their wine retail winery-direct. It is one of the few wineries that I purchase wine from on a consistent basis. Amazing values, […]
45 year old vine, dry farmed Riesling. Under 13% alcohol and barely at threshold of perceived sweetness (0.76%), it’s a delicious combo of fruit, soil, flower and spice. Smell and taste white peaches, Meyer lemon, grapefruit, lemongrass, flower water and river rocks. Has modest acidity for Riesling…medium/high acidity for California white wine. Respect to Smith Madrone for sticking with their Riesling planting from the start, turning it into a Napa Valley classic!
Navarro continues to produce some of California’s best Alsace varieties. Navarro’s overall track recored: very delicious, impressively consistent and wonderful values. This Riesling is top-notch. Smell and taste lemon oil, both fresh and dried Granny Smith apples, citrus blossoms, tea with honey and just a smidge of German-esque Riesling fusil. A good wine for all…my wife, who normally eschews Riesling, is a fan. I am slowly converting her :-). For all my Navarro wine reviews, GO HERE.