Navarro Vineyards. In today's modern landscape of often overpriced, over-hyped, over-manipulated wines, Navarro is a contradiction. They continually crank-out interesting, natural wines that speak of a place and a variety. They also do so efficiently, offering many wines in the $15-$20 price range. Thing is, you won't find them everywhere, but it's worth getting on their mailing list and getting in on some of these wines. They often run specials like one cent shipping on 6-pack or case buys.
A friend, who is responsible for my knowing of Navarro, brought the 2008 Rose over with some other wines Saturday night for sliders out on the deck. From a mix of Grenache and 70 year old Carignan vines the wine shows clean strawberry and cherry fruit with a nice peppery finish. Clean and crisp palate with a touch of sweet oak on the finish. A very fine Rose that is just perfect for spring and summer cookouts. Get some.