2014 Avril Taylor
'Number Thirteen'

The Wine
Our 2014 Chardonnay is crisp, clean, bright, and beautifully aromatic. Stylistically, this wine is reminiscent of a Chardonnay from Chablis with its bright, lively acidity, however it presents a well-defined aromatic profile of pear, apricot, guava, green apple and lemon meringue. We're amazed by the purity and vibrancy of this wine!

Appellation: Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Elevage: 15% Malolactic Fermentation
Production: 88 Cases
Alcohol: 13.2%
Release Date: Spring 2016

The Vintage
The 2014 vintage was the third-great vintage in a row for wine production in the Napa Valley. A mild winter and early spring caused bud break to occur early, and the warm summer encouraged an early harvest. Minimal rain in September allowed for consistent ripening and a successful harvest. 

Our Notes:
Winter 2018

After aging for a few years, our 2014 Chardonnay has developed light notes of butterscotch and caramel while firmly holding its naturally bright, lean profile. Notes of green apple, pear, peach, and lemon are all apparent on the nose and palate. This wine features a lower pH than our 2015 vintage, and as a result, it has a lively acidity and a profile fresh. It’s showing a broader mouthfeel, a longer finish, and more complexity than when it was released in Spring 2016. We were very pleased with how the wine is developing. Drink this wine now through 2022.

When I was growing up, I strived to be like my father. He was a busy man, however he always put his family in front of his work. At the age of six, he introduced me to the game of ice hockey, and it immediately became a bonding event for us. We both played in recreational hockey leagues, and in emulation of my father, I followed his lead and also took the number thirteen as my number. I continued to wear the #13 sweater in high school and college just as he did growing up. Today, I'm fortunate to consider my father a great friend as well as my dad. As my mother says, we're 'Ikey and Mikey.'

The pirate ship featured on the front label is the logo for New Providence Capital, my fathers private-money lending business. In the 18th century, New Providence was the capital of the British Bahamas, and it was The Republic of Pirates during the golden age of piracy.  Oddly enough, there were two brothers, Jean and Pierre Lafitte, who were pirates in Galveston, Texas and frequented New Providence. They were referred to as Number Thirteen.