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Cabernet Sauvignon

We are excited to announce the first release of our Aviary Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet.  After years of seeking more fruit and new contracts to grow our Napa Valley line, this new release is a long time in the making!  It isn’t in bottle yet but the barrel samples have us excited!  We utilized our long term contracts and came across some incredible Merlot to help grow the production while letting the wine sit in barrel for 14 months.  

2017 Tasting Notes

THE BEST OF NAPA'S NEST.

California Wines

California Cabernet Sauvignon

After a trying 2017 vintage, punctuated by wild fires in Napa and sporadic rainfall, 2018 was a grape grower’s dream. Milder temperatures and a longer growing season yielded a healthy crop of well-ripened and structured fruit. We welcomed Mother Nature’s respite from the trials of the previous vintage.

The 2018 Aviary California Cabernet Sauvignon, as in previous vintages, is developed to offer the classic big, rich, dark fruit cabernet attributes, while also displaying our velvety smooth tannin structure, tempered by our consistent selection of oak. This wine is one that pairs exceptionally well with your favorite steak or roast, but will shine just as well on its own. On the nose you will find generous blueberry fruit with a touch of crushed earth. The mid-pallet continues with dark fruit expressions of cassis, some red fruit in the form of subtle strawberry preserves, and just a touch of bright menthol or eucalyptus. The saddle bag and cedar finish, and complete acid throughout, will leave your mouth watering and coming back for more. Always rich and elegant – and perhaps more thoughtful in the 2018 – this vintage is another wonderful example of the Aviary house style we have become so well known for.

Composition: Napa County, Sonoma County, Lodi

2018 Tasting Notes

California Chardonnay

After a trying 2017 vintage, punctuated by wild fires in Napa and sporadic rainfall, 2018 was a grape grower’s dream. Milder temperatures and a longer growing season yielded a healthy crop of well-ripened and structured fruit. We welcomed Mother Nature’s respite from the trials of the previous vintage.

The 2018 Aviary California Chardonnay is emblematic of the classic rich style we strive for every vintage. The wine starts lively with floral notes of hibiscus and warm baking spice, before proceeding to the mid-palate with an enticing texture of silky custard or flan. Notes of coconut and tropical fruits abound throughout: guava, pineapple and subtle notes of toasty vanilla bean. The wine finishes with a refreshing splash of tangy acidity complimented perfectly with some secondary hints of toasted hazelnuts. This wine pairs spectacularly with a bevy of main dishes, from roast chicken to creamy seafood pasta; but would also work very nicely aside an after-dinner cheese plate, or even creme brulee.

Composition: Napa County, Sonoma County, Mendocino County

2018 Tasting Notes

Aviary’s inaugural release was a red blend from the 2009 vintage where we utilized the best fruit that Napa Valley had to offer.  We haven’t released a Red Blend from Aviary since the 2015 vintage but the requests to bring it back did not fall on deaf ears.  The final blend is almost set but you can expect another Bordeaux Blend from the Birds of Prey 2017 release to follow in the steps of past vintages!

2018 Tasting Notes

THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS.

"Birds of Prey" 

California Red Blend

BIRDS OF PREY

 

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