Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Trefethen Vineyards and Winery

Please see our updated 2012 report here: Trefethen Revisited

Trefethen Vineyards and Winery  is north of the city of Napa on Oak Knoll Ave.  It has been around for over 40 years and is owned by the Trefethen family.  Staff was friendly and informative. We tasted the 2009 Dry Riesling which had an apple aroma with some minerality and a little sweetness, making it dry compared to most U.S. Rieslings.  The 2008 Chardonnay had some French oak but was not a butter bomb. The 2009 Pinot Noir was on the lighter side with a strawberry nose, nice balance and not excessively fruit forward. The 2007 Double T Red Wine is described as a Bordeaux blend and was the least interesting of the wines we tasted.  Our favorite was the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon which was very good, extremely well balanced and worth the $125.  It is unusual for any winery to offer a tasting of a wine with this much age on it and Trefethen should be applauded for doing so.  Most of the Trefethen wines were in the twenty and thirty dollar range, representing very good value.  Next time we visit, I'd like to try the Cabernet Franc and the Malbec based Dragon's Tooth.

1160 Oak Knoll Ave
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 255-7700
Written 3/16/2011  

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