This winter we sat down and tasted each vintage of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that we've produced thus far. Our goal was to evaluate these wines for flavor, structure, maturity and aging potential. We hope you'll enjoy discovering our past vintages below. Cheers!
2014 Avril Taylor 'Number Thirteen'
Napa Valley Chardonnay
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.
2015 Avril Taylor 'Number Thirteen'
Napa Valley Chardonnay
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!
2009 Avril Taylor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
If you tasted our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in a blind tasting, you might think it came from Bordeaux. This wine has lots of personality, depth, and complexity. The profile of this wine contains defined notes of black cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, cassis, and dried maraschino cherry. Earthy tones also resonate on the palate. Since this wine is still holding onto a bright fruit profile, we anticipate that it will continue to drink well for another 7-10 years.
2011 Avril Taylor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Upon release, our 2011 Cabernet was trying to find its rhythm. The blend (80% CS, 12% CF, 8%M) still needed time to come together, and the wine needed time in decanter to show its personality. With a little bit of aging, our 2011 finally developed into an absolutely beautiful wine. Notes of blackberry and dark-red fruit compliment a silky texture and a balanced finish. We’re pleasantly surprised how this wine continues to improve. This is an underdog and the epitome of why we love wine. Drink this wine now through 2025-2030.
2012 Avril Taylor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Juicy, lush, and voluptuous. Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly a Napa Cabernet. Notes of vanilla, clove, dark cherry, ripe raspberry, milk chocolate, and a touch of exotic spices all present themselves in the aromatics alone. It’s a stunning wine and a crowd favorite! This is a big wine that can stand-alone. Even though we anticipate that it will continue to develop for another 5-10 years, this is absolutely a ‘drink-now’ wine as well.
2013 Avril Taylor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon might be one of our best wines produced to date. The wine drinks exceptionally well right now, but we recommend allowing it to open up in decanter for few hours to enjoy its full expression. There’s a subtle tannin structure lurking in the background that will soften as time goes on. If you open this wine and keep it open for 2-3 days, you’ll see the tannins soften up considerably. The profile consists of fresh cherry, black raspberry, cranberry, and cassis. Drink this wine now through 2030…maybe 2035.