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A wine review by Kelly Cohen


Earlier this month I had the honor of attending Taste of Mendocino as a media guest. While there I was able to taste wines from several different wineries that I will profile over the coming months on Wine Trail Adventures. I’ll be starting out with Navarro Vineyards and Winery. Mike was kind enough to guide me through some of their current offerings.


2015 Navarro Première Reserve Chardonnay • This Chardonnay has a nose filled with crisp apples and honey, although the taste is more of a buttered apple flavor without the notes of honey. • People who like typical California Chardonnay, but want a little less butter and oak should try this wine.


I’d recommend pairing it with a simple roast chicken that allows the flavor of the wine to shine. This wine retails for $27 and is only available from the winery, either in the tasting room or on their website.


2016 Navarro Dry Gewürztraminer • Most people immediately think “sweet” when they hear gewürztraminer. • Navarro does make a sweet version, but this dry version smells of fresh cut grass with light floral notes.


On the tongue it has a rich pear taste that is screaming for some spicy food like Kung Pao Chicken or Chicken Tikka Masala. This wine retails for $22 and is available at the winery and from select retailers.


2014 Méthode à l’Ancienne Pinot Noir • This free flow Pinot Noir is carefully balanced. • The nose has a slight hint of citrus but is primarily dark berry. • On the tongue it is reminiscent of cranberry which makes it the perfect mate for Roast Turkey and Mashed Potatoes.


Navarro offers several Pinot Noir’s so look for this one specifically. It retails for $32 only available from the winery, either in the tasting room or on their website.


2014 Old Vine Zinfandel • This wine was my favorite of the four I tasted because of its rich and deep flavor. • The nose is bursting with raspberry but the taste is more like that of a darker berry.


The best pairing for this wine would be anything that has been grilled, especially burgers. At $22 it is a steal and is only available from the winery, either in the tasting room or on their website.


A Taste of Mendocino – Part One  

Earlier this month I had the honor of attending Taste of Mendocino as a media guest. While there I was able to taste wines from several diff...

A Taste of Mendocino – Part One  

Earlier this month I had the honor of attending Taste of Mendocino as a media guest. While there I was able to taste wines from several diff...

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