2017 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

2017 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

¥6,710 (incl. tax)

After many years of selling Trefethen’s wines, Hotei is pleased to offer one of Trefethen’s “small-lot” specials, the 2017 Cabernet Franc, which charms with dark fruit and floral earthy notes. With a few well-known exceptions (famously, Chateau Cheval-Blanc), Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux and Napa Valley is more of a blender, softening and adding aromatic liveliness to the robust Cabernet Sauvignon, than a star that’s bottled on its own. As an early ripener, Cabernet Franc does best in cooler climates, like Chinon in the Loire region of France…. or Oak Knoll in the Napa Valley. According to the winery, the 2017 Cabernet Franc is “ideal for rustic and earthy dishes which feature flavors of rosemary, mint or sage…. and pairs particularly well with ham, pork or veal in stone fruit sauces.” Customers looking for a versatile red with somewhat lower alcohol (13.7%) than the typical Napa Cab should give this a try. 

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) Cabernet Franc
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.5
Case Size 32.5 x 25.0 x 31.5
Alcohol 13.7%
Product Code TR17NCF
UPC 013024870016

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

A high-toned perfume of black cherries and cassis with hints of bell pepper, white pepper and violets leads to a juicy, mouth-watering palate of darker fruit and espresso notes framed by fresh acidity and velvet tannins. A standout wine for the purity of fruit, freshness, tongue-coating tannins and a finish that goes on and on. 

Production


Vinification

Fermented stainless steel and aged 18 months in 15% new oak.

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