2020 Trefethen "Eshcol" Napa Valley Chardonnay

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2020 Trefethen

¥4,290 (incl. tax)

Eshcol Chardonnay provides all the beauty and charm of Trefethen’s signature Chardonnay but at a lower price - so feel free to load up and serve it anytime you need to scratch that itch for a yummy Chardonnay. Keep in mind that this is no typical second label sourced from “nearby” growers or distant appellations. 100% of the fruit was sourced from Trefethen’s Main Ranch. The difference between Eshcol and Trefethen’s top-of-the-line Chardonnay is that only 17% was fermented in barrel (as opposed to 60%) and only 5% (versus 12%) was aged in new oak. More of the vineyard blocks are more recent plantings, too. This is a fresh, well-balanced wine that emphasizes fresh green apple and citrus flavors with only a minimum of oak notes. 

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) Napa Valley
Sub-Ava Oak Knoll District
Winery Trefethen
Vintage 2020
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 29.5
Case Size 34.0 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code TR20ECH
UPC 013024070416
MLF 10%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Aromas of green apple, lemon, tangerine, and orange blossom open up a wine of excellent balance, bright acidity, pleasing texture, and a long and lively finish.

Production


Vinification

Select estate lots were pressed, followed by fermentation, with 17% in barrel and 83% in stainless steel. 10% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. The wine aged 9 months in oak, 5% new.

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