2019 TREFETHEN Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley

TREFETHEN Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley

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The elegance of Trefethen’s Estate Cabs is an expression of the terroir at Oak Knoll, where summers are distinctly cooler than “up valley.” On the other hand, the gravelly soils in this section of vineyard radiate warmth throughout the nights, producing a wine with lovely dark berry fruit, spice and savory notes, firm tannins, acidity, and structure. Lower alcohol than your typical Napa Cab makes this wine less about luxury than accompanying a fine meal shared by family and friends. The 2019 is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% and Merlot. Wine Enthusiast described it as “Varietally correct and classic in style… a dry, elegant and demure red, brimming in well-integrated notes of currant, clove, and dusty dark chocolate. Blueberry compote adds a touch of richness to an otherwise balanced affair.” Serve with beef - especially dishes made with mushrooms, fresh thyme, or black pepper.

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 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.5
Case Size 32.5 x 25.0 x 31.5
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code TR19NCB
UPC 013024170017

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

97 points – Decanter; 92 points – James Suckling; 90 points – Wine Enthusiast.

Aromas of cassis and blackberries are layered with notes of black pepper, anise, coffee bean, mocha, and violets. The full-bodied palate continues to develop these complex flavors, while polished tannins, fresh acidity, and a nice structure give the wine an appealing lift. 

Production


Vinification

The wine aged for 18 months in 50% new oak.

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