2017 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Those who prefer Cabs that are elegant, bright and versatile - as opposed to overripe, superrich and powerful – will love Trefethen Estate Cab. Well-defined dark and red fruit flavors are complimented with spice and savory notes, firm tannins and acidity provide structure and length, and the alcohol hovers around 14%. What’s not to like? Trefethen’s superpower is the terroir. Just north of Napa, Oak Knoll might seem a bit too foggy and cool for Cabernet. But gravelly soils in the Cabernet blocks of Trefethen’s vineyards radiate warmth throughout the nights, producing luscious, complex wines with bright, complex flavors. Conditions in the Napa Valley in 2017 were generally excellent but for two challenges: a heat spike in early September and wildfires in October. For Trefethen, their cooler Oak Knoll location moderated the heat wave, which, providentially, also quickened ripening enough that the grapes were fully harvested before the fires started. The result is classic Trefethen - richly flavored and aromatic but elegant, balanced, and food-friendly. Serve with beef - especially dishes made with mushrooms, fresh rosemary or black pepper. Goes surprisingly well with Ahi or maguro steak with a peppercorn crust.

Winery


Winery Description

A family-owned producer of distinguished estate wines for over 50 years, Trefethen Family Vineyards has always been guided by a unique dedication to sustainable farming, thoughtful winemaking and gracious hospitality. The majority of Trefethen’s nearly 600 acres are found on the Main Ranch Vineyard, located in Oak Knoll – about midway between Yountville and Napa – a cooler district in the southern half of the Napa Valley. The other property is the Hillspring Vineyard, on the low foothills of the mountains just to west of Oak Knoll. Trefethen produces mainly Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling. However, it farms a total of nine grape varieties, the others being Malbec, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Pinot Noir. (The other varieties are either used for blending, released in special bottlings or sold to other wineries).  

Eugene Trefethen, an engineering company executive, purchased the historic, but run-down property in 1968 as a post-retirement hobby. When his son, John, suggested replanting the vineyards and founding an estate winery, the idea was considered foolhardy at best. Back then, the Napa Valley was an isolated community with more prune and walnut orchards than vineyards, and only 20 wineries were in existence. But the estate happened to feature a standing winery building from an earlier era, which added credence to the idea that wine would be both history and future. As it turned out, John and his wife, Janet, caught the new Napa winemaking wave, and their energy propelled Trefethen Family Vineyards into becoming one of the top new wineries of the 1970s. Indeed, in 1979 the 1976 Trefethen Chardonnay was declared “The Best Chardonnay in the World” at the Gault Millau Wine Olympics held in Paris.

Since the mid-2000s, the third generation of Trefethens, John and Janet’s children, Hailey and Lorenzo, have taken charge. 50 years has given this family an intimate understanding of their vineyards, from the soils and microclimates of the various blocks to the varietals, the clones and the rootstock. With this knowledge, they can continue to create new blends and reserve wines made from superior blocks of the very best vines and build on a legacy of estate grown wines of remarkable quality and integrity. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Oak Knoll District (Napa)
Winery Trefethen
Vintage 2017
Color Red
Varietal(s) 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.5
Case Size 32.5 x 25.0 x 31.5
Alcohol 14.2%
Product Code TR17NCB
UPC 013024170017

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

92 points – James Suckling; 90 points – Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of plum, cherry and hints of dried herbs and bay leaf precede concentrated layers of red fruit and baking spice notes on the palate. Fresh acidity and a nice structure give the wine an appealing lift. 

Production


Vinification

The wine aged for 18 months in 51% new oak.

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