2015 Avril Taylor
Our 2015 Chardonnay is a wine that both wine novices and professionals can thoroughly appreciate. Simply put - it will make you rethink Chardonnay. This vibrant chardonnay is light and polish in body, fresh in acidity, and filled with a basket of tropical, citrus, and stone fruits. Notes of lemon zest, apricot, pineapple, mandarin, green apple, and mango are all apparent in the nose and on the palate. We used a touch of oak, responsibly, to give the wine an expansive, lasting weight on the palate. The refreshing nature of this wine immediately grabs your attention, and we look forward to sharing this vintage with you.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Elevage: 10% Malolactic Fermentation
Production: 148 Cases
Release Date: April 6th, 2017
The 2015 Vintage
The 2015 vintage was an outstanding-but-smaller harvest for the Napa Valley. After three high-yielding drought vintages, many producers saw great quality in the vineyard but at lower volumes. A warm growing season encouraged an earlier harvest, which was certainly welcomed with the potential el Niño rains on the horizon.
Our current release, the 2015 Chardonnay, is drinking exceptionally well right now. The oak, fruit, and acid have integrated into a cohesive profile. This wine has notably improved since its original release in Spring 2017. It boasts a bright profile of green apple and pear, and has subdued tropical fruit notes of guava and apricot, as well as a touch of minerality. It’s fresh, balanced, and stunning!
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. Their alias was Number Thirteen.