100 % Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are sourced from different vineyards located on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. The soils and terroir of that area, combined with old vines, produce extremely low yields of intensely flavored grapes, with the potential of making age-worthy wines.
The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by nine months of aging in 70% French Oak (30% new) and 30% American Oak barrels. 14.5% alcohol.
On the nose, aromas of cedar, cassis, tobacco and vanilla. The palate presents notes of blackberry, plum and cocoa integrated with a layer of bright red fruits. Smooth oak and tannins balance out the fruit. 981 cases produced.
Avid is produced by winemakers Hossein Namdar and Bob Goyette.
Hossein Namdar worked for many years at Moët Chandon (Domaine Chandon) in Yountville, California where he became a vineyard technician specializing in grafting, before working in the cellar. He developed relationships through the years with great winegrowers, who he has contracts with. After years of making wine with Bob Goyette for the brand they owned between 2005 and 2014, “Robert Goyette”, they launched together a new brand called Avid, specialized in Pinot Noir.
Bob Goyette was part of the start of the boutique winery movement in California, and one of the founders of La Crema Viñera. After La Crema, he contributed to the winemaking effort at Chalk Hill Winery, followed by the Benziger Family winery. It was there that he helped develop – along with friend and fellow winemaker, Bruce Rector – the Imagery Series.