Founded in 2010, Aviary Vineyards launched with the 2009 vintage of our Napa Valley Red Blend. That first vintage took advantage of tiny lots of different varieties from 13 different vineyards throughout Napa Valley. Much like an aviary, the blend of different grapes interacted and harmonized to create a wine that was beautiful, enjoyable, and captivating. Each component is wonderful, but together, they combined into a truly great experience.
2017 began with plenty of rain that led to a mild spring. The summer was warm, leading to slightly earlier harvest than typical. On October 8, wildfires broke out and devastated the region with fire, smoke and accessibility to vineyards. Luckily all of our grapes were harvested, and the wines aren’t showing any smoke taint. We are showing exceptional quality across the board and are very happy with our results from a stressful year.
Aviary exemplifies the craft of the winemaker and the art of blending. Each year we select the best wines from up to 7 different vineyard sites to create a blend that expresses both the uniqueness of each vintage and the elegant style of Aviary Reserve. Layers of chocolate, strawberry, dried cherry, tobacco, and toasted oak balance with silky tannins and bright acidity to create a perfectly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that can be enjoyed now or aged over time.