2015 Avril Taylor
'Number Thirteen'
Chardonnay

The Wine
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
Alcohol: 14.06%
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. 

A Word on Chardonnay
The goal of our wine program is to appeal to individuals at all levels of wine knowledge, which isn’t easy. This wine nails it. In the world of Chardonnay, there’s two district, polar opposite styles: buttery/oaky and unoaked/acid-driven. The malleable nature of Chardonnay allows the producer to craft the varietal to their preferred style. We’ve chosen to tilt our production towards the acid-driven style, but with a touch of oak for texture, weight, and color.

Story
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.