Trefethen winery and vineyards are located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, in the sweet spot of the Napa Valley' where there are cooling influences from Carneros and 'a touch of heat' from Calistoga further north. The Department of the Interior placed the winery on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 as the only 19th-century, wooden, gravity-flow winery surviving in Napa County. Trefethen continues to produce Cabernet Sauvignon that, while intense, is most notable for its finesse, complexity and ability to develop.
Trefethen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011
Trefethen Estate's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon represents a blend of grapes from their two Oak Knoll Districts of Napa Valley estate vineyards. Planted in dry, rocky soils, their Hillspring vineyard’s vines yield wines with intense, spicy fruit aromas and flavors, while our Main Ranch’s valley floor vines, planted in richer, alluvial soils, produce wines with bright fruit and a velvety texture.
Inky, deep purple in color, the 2003 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent of ripe black cherry, dark plum, cassis, cola, chocolate, and leather. The lush palate is concentrated with flavors of blackberry, clove, black cherry, and sweet oak leading to a long, lingering finish.
Pair with the finest cuts of full-flavored beef, lamb and game, especially dishes incorporating the complementary flavors of thyme, peppercorns and caramelized onions.
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Trefethen Estate Dry Riesling
Riesling the Napa Valley. Enticing, fragrant aromas of fresh citrus, green apple and peach fruit, accented by lovely honeysuckle and mineral scents. On the graceful palate, the wine's bright, lively, lemon-lime and peach flavors are given added zest by a refreshing minerality that threads through the wine's crisp, lingering finish.
Riesling is a wonderful apéritif wine and also beautifully accompanies crab, pork, lean fish and turkey entrées, as well as Asian and Southwestern inspired dishes. Plus, it's absolutely the best wine to sip while cooking!
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Trefethen Estate Cabernet Franc 2012
Brilliant ruby in color, our Cabernet Franc displays mouth-watering aromas of candied cherry, raspberry and vanilla, with subtle hints of anise, caraway, white pepper, and black olive. Ripe, balanced tannins support a mouthfeel that is soft and silky, with intense flavors of cherry and spice. A long, lingering finish rounds out the wine with just a kiss of toasted oak at the end.
A warm, late winter instigated early budbreak, but persistent spring rains set back vine development. Mild summer temperatures resulted in slow, even ripening of the grapes. A classic Indian summer brought the harvest to fruition, enabling our Cabernet Franc grapes to enjoy a long hang time on the vine and develop rich, concentrated flavors at moderate sugar levels.
Pork chops, pork tenderloin, and filet mignon are all excellent matches. Dishes incorporating autumn spices, such as fennel crusted salmon, are especially good at bringing out he wine’s lively fruit flavors.
Price: $35.58 Buy
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