2009 Avril Taylor
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
THE INAUGURAL VINTAGE
Appellation: Napa Valley
Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot
Elevage: 90% New French Oak, 20 months
Production: 100 Cases
Release Date: November 2014
OUR NOTES ON THE 2009
Our inaugural vintage has evolved nicely since it's bottling date. This wine is just now starting to show some tertiary notes (those that develop during bottle aging). As California Cabernet Sauvignon ages, its youthful, fruit-forward character declines over a period of about 6-15 years. In the latter part of that range, we'll start to see older, tertiary notes (brown sugar, cured meats) start to develop. At year 7, we're beginning to see a bit of the fruit forward character of the wine start to decrease, and we're in the elementary stages of the tertiary notes developing.
Personally (Austin speaking here) I enjoy drinking wines right around this time where the fruit-forward profile is still present, and the older notes are starting to present themselves. It's a beautiful transitional period for the wine where you're experiencing the its youth, but also its age.
Our 2009 can still benefit from a short period of time in decanter (15-30min) however, we're no longer strongly recommending decanting. The tannins are starting to integrate nicely in this wine, and it's a wonderful time to drink your 2009 Avril Taylor!
Release November 2014
We purposefully delayed the release of our first vintage due to the amount of tannins in this particular year. Upon release, this wine needed to be decanted for 30-45 minutes to thoroughly enjoy the wine and to see its layers and complexity unravel. This wine has a lot of personality, and upon release, it needed time to open up.