2021 TREFETHEN Chardonnay Estate Napa Valley

TREFETHEN Chardonnay Estate Napa Valley

¥8,030 (incl. tax)

Trefethen Chardonnay has been a favorite of critics and consumers alike ever since winning “Best Chardonnay in the World” at the Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in France in 1979. Today, the well-drained soils and temperate climate of the Main Ranch in Oak Knoll continue to produce excellent fruit, while techniques such as barrel fermentation and low use of new oak produce a crisp and refreshing expression of Chardonnay. If you prefer Chardonnay with more peach, melon, and bright citrus instead of tropical and buttery notes, Trefethen is for you! Excellent balance of body and acidity (as well as moderate ABV of just 13.1%) make this Chardonnay an ideal food wine. The winery recommends recipes with almonds. 


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 2021
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.3 x 29.5
Case Size 36.0 x 27.5 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.1%
Product Code TR21NCH
UPC 013024070010
MLF 4%

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Tasting notes

93 points – Decanter; 90 points – James Suckling.

Aromas of lemon, jasmine, white peach, and lavender open up to a lively palate of honeydew melon, citrus, and mineral notes. Fresh acidity and a supple texture lead to a full and lengthy finish.



62% of the wine was barrel fermented with 38% fermented in stainless steel; only 4% underwent malolactic fermentation. Aging consisted of 9 months in 9% new French oak

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