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Estate "Estate Pinot Noir" 2005

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About Trefethen<P> In 1968, our family purchased seven farms surrounding a magnificent, but run-down, 19th-century winery in southern Napa Valley and created Trefethen Family Vineyards. At the time, there were fewer than 30 working wineries in Napa Valley. True to our original vision of creating a classic wine estate, we have never purchased a single outside grape. Instead, we lavish extraordinary care on our two sustainably farmed estate vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Controlling all viticultural practices allows us to produce grapes with pure, intense flavors beautifully reflecting our unique terroir. <P> <P> Our Estate Vineyard<P> Our primary estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA, which occupies an ideal climate zone between Napa’s warmer up-valley districts and its cool southern tip. The marine influence of nearby San Pablo Bay provides ideal conditions for the cultivation of our two distinctive clones of Pinot Noir, which are grown in one of the coolest sections of the vineyard. <P> <P> The 2005 Vintage<P> A warm, late winter instigated early budbreak, but persistent spring rains set back vine development. Mild summer temperatures resulted in slow, even ripening of the grapes. A classic Indian summer brought the harvest to fruition, enabling our Chardonnay grapes to enjoy a long hang time on the vine and develop rich, concentrated flavors at moderate sugar levels. <P> <P> Vinification<P> After de-stemming and crushing, the grapes were cold soaked for three days and inoculated with specific yeast strains. After pressing off the skins, the wine was transferred to French Oak barrels, where it aged for 9 months. <P> <P> The Wine<P> Our Pinot Noir exudes lovely aromas of freshly picked strawberries and red plums with intriguing brown and tea-leaf spice scents. Bright and juicy on the palate, with pronounced red-berry and pomegranate fruit flavors accented by cinnamon and clove spice tones, it is enriched on the finish by a subtle, smoky oak tone. <P> <P> Food Affinities<P> Our Pinot Noir's fruity, spicy flavors are enhanced by adding a little cinnamon and/or star anise to seafood, poultry, red meat and game dishes, especially those incorporating root vegetables, almonds and mushrooms.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Trefethen Vineyards & Winery:
Constructed in 1886 by a Scottish sea captain, Hamden McIntyre, our winery was originally known as Eshcol. McIntyre designed it as a gravity-flow system: a horse-drawn winch brought grapes to the third floor of the three-story structure for crushing; gravity carried the juice to the second floor for fermenting; and, eventually, the wine descended to the first floor for aging. Eshcol was amon... Read more
Constructed in 1886 by a Scottish sea captain, Hamden McIntyre, our winery was originally known as Eshcol. McIntyre designed it as a gravity-flow system: a horse-drawn winch brought grapes to the third floor of the three-story structure for crushing; gravity carried the juice to the second floor for fermenting; and, eventually, the wine descended to the first floor for aging. Eshcol was among a number of wineries McIntyre designed during this period; the others were Greystone (now The Culinary Institute of America), Far Niente and Inglenook. During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Napa Valley was a thriving viticultural community with nearly 140 wineries. However, in the late 1890s, phylloxera, a root louse that destroys grapevines, brought wine production in Napa to a crashing halt. Growers soon recovered with re-planted vines, but in 1920, Prohibition arrived, driving a stake through the heart of the wine business. The old Eshcol facility survived by making sacramental wines, but by 1940 was dormant. When the Trefethen family purchased the property in 1968, the winery had fallen into serious disrepair. John and Janet committed themselves to restoring the building to its former glory. They carefully researched the winery’s past and worked for years to restore it. Aside from replacing the dirt floor on the first level with concrete, they made no significant structural changes. The Trefethens’ restoration efforts were recognized in 1988 by the Department of the Interior, which placed the winery on the National Register of Historic Places as the only 19th-century, wooden, gravity-flow winery surviving in Napa County. Today, Trefethen boasts a state-of-the-art fermentation facility and 13,000 square foot barrel cellar, but the McIntyre Building remains integral to the winery’s operations. The first floor is still used to age wine and also houses the winery’s Estate Tasting Room and Wine Library. The second floor, which displays the Eshcol winery’s original de-stemmer/crusher, is a barrel-aging cellar for the winery’s Bordeaux variety red wines. Read less

Member Reviews for Estate "Estate Pinot Noir"

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5.00 5
06/26/2007

I felt as if I was drinking this wine as I was smelling it. This wine has a very mature taste -- smooth, fruity and wonderful. Makes it easy to like Pinot!


Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
06/26/2007

Drinking perfectly now, this pinot is very fruit forward, smoky in the nose, and tastes of cloves, raspberries and is very fruit forward. Soft oak notes and a long finish round out this big, easy drinking Napa pinot (and you thought it was all carneros...)


Snooth User: solomania9
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2.50 5
09/25/2010

Two and a half glasses



About Trefethen<P> In 1968, our family purchased seven farms surrounding a magnificent, but run-down, 19th-century winery in southern Napa Valley and created Trefethen Family Vineyards. At the time, there were fewer than 30 working wineries in Napa Valley. True to our original vision of creating a classic wine estate, we have never purchased a single outside grape. Instead, we lavish extraordinary care on our two sustainably farmed estate vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Controlling all viticultural practices allows us to produce grapes with pure, intense flavors beautifully reflecting our unique terroir. <P> <P> Our Estate Vineyard<P> Our primary estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA, which occupies an ideal climate zone between Napa’s warmer up-valley districts and its cool southern tip. The marine influence of nearby San Pablo Bay provides ideal conditions for the cultivation of our two distinctive clones of Pinot Noir, which are grown in one of the coolest sections of the vineyard. <P> <P> The 2005 Vintage<P> A warm, late winter instigated early budbreak, but persistent spring rains set back vine development. Mild summer temperatures resulted in slow, even ripening of the grapes. A classic Indian summer brought the harvest to fruition, enabling our Chardonnay grapes to enjoy a long hang time on the vine and develop rich, concentrated flavors at moderate sugar levels. <P> <P> Vinification<P> After de-stemming and crushing, the grapes were cold soaked for three days and inoculated with specific yeast strains. After pressing off the skins, the wine was transferred to French Oak barrels, where it aged for 9 months. <P> <P> The Wine<P> Our Pinot Noir exudes lovely aromas of freshly picked strawberries and red plums with intriguing brown and tea-leaf spice scents. Bright and juicy on the palate, with pronounced red-berry and pomegranate fruit flavors accented by cinnamon and clove spice tones, it is enriched on the finish by a subtle, smoky oak tone. <P> <P> Food Affinities<P> Our Pinot Noir's fruity, spicy flavors are enhanced by adding a little cinnamon and/or star anise to seafood, poultry, red meat and game dishes, especially those incorporating root vegetables, almonds and mushrooms.

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