2018 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Dry Riesling

2018 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Dry Riesling

¥4,510 (incl. tax)

While a Riesling vineyard in the middle of the Napa Valley does suggest mid-twentieth century winegrowing, the Trefethens treasure their Riesling vineyard in Oak Knoll, at the southern end of the valley. Like the elegant Rieslings of Austria, Trefethen Riesling is made in a dry style. It’s bright, fresh and fruity, but structured with mouthwatering tang and minerality and capable of aging for years - even decades. 2018 was another ideal vintage, in which winter rains rejuvenated the soils, and moderate summer temperatures produced fruit with concentration and excellent flavors. This Riesling exhibits lovely aromatics and flavors of juicy apples, peaches, citrus and jasmine. Crab, shellfish or dishes that feature cilantro, lime juice and raw fish are recommended pairings with the delicious Riesling.

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 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Riesling
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 33.5
Case Size 33.0 x 25.0 x 34.5
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code TR18RSL
UPC 013024570015

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

95 Points, Best of Show, Best Riesling, Platinum: Critics Challenge Int’l Wine & Spirits Competition, June 2019.

Notes of orange blossom and jasmine overlay aromas of green apple and grapefruit. Crisp acidity carries flavors of nectarine and white peach long into the invigorating, mineral finish. 

Production


Vinification

Fermented and aged in stainless steel.

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