Navarro, located in Mendocino, was founded in 1973 by Ted Benett and Deborah Cahn. Formerly Alsatian wine financiers, Ted and Deborah immediately went to work after buying the property, planting white varietals and five acres of Pinot Noir. There are now 40 acres of Pinot and three individual bottlings, including the Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, a reserve made from high altitude estate parcels. To see Navarro at its best, however, we must look to the whites. Long a California standard-bearer for Gewürztraminer, Navarro's dry version is made in a rich, powerful style reminiscent of Alsace, offering an extroverted personality and lush texture. The Pinot Gris also routinely delights us, and the Riesling and Chardonnay are both crisp and reasonably priced. Today, a second generation of Benett-Cahns have become involved in winery operations, working alongside winemaker, Jim Klein, who has held court since 1992.