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Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, in gravelly soils that warm quickly in the spring. This warmer site, combined with limited yields, produces Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with bright, complex flavors. The wine we craft from these superior grapes boasts a vibrant, deep ruby/purple color and heady aromas of plums, blackberries, violets, vanilla and forest-floor spice. The palate is smooth, expansive and harmonious, with rich, deep flavors and a long, opulent finish. This luxurious red is delicious with Beef Wellington, rack of lamb and game, especially dishes incorporating thyme, peppercorns and caramelized onions.More Info...

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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

Editorial Reviews for Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.00 5
12/04/2009

Aged for 2 years in barrique, 75% new, followed by 2 years in bottle Slightly jammy on the nose, but exhibiting a chalky dryness as well with notes of roast meat and dried medicinal roots. With air this gains some focus with a touch of celery and hints of rosewood and quinine. The fruit remains pretty jammy and black with refreshing notes of mint and minerals offering some relief from the darkness. In the mouth this is rich and chewy with solid acids and a fairly tannic profile. It’s got plenty of fruit to buffer the tannins and gains a bit of a peppery tone from the wood that works well with the wine’s innate sweetness. The finish is moderately long with notes of burnished cherry and bitter melon rind that are highlighted by a touch of raspy mouthgrab. This is definitely a frontloaded wine and may reveal better length in time but is not among the finest I Sodis. 89pts


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4.00 5
06/26/2007

A very nice cab -- big and fruity on the nose with a spicy mouthfeel.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
06/26/2007

Napa Cab Baby! Dark red fruits, oak, earth, minerality and fennel! A fantastic wine for the money - very well priced.


Snooth User: njanewit
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4.50 5
06/11/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/18/2011

Smooth and complex, with 78% Cab Sauvignon contributing the firm tannic backbone that gives this such excellent structure. The other four Bordeaux varieties are here as well. The flavors are so interesting: black cherries, blackberry jam, plum sauce,... Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 375ml



Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted in the northwestern quadrant of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, in gravelly soils that warm quickly in the spring. This warmer site, combined with limited yields, produces Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with bright, complex flavors. The wine we craft from these superior grapes boasts a vibrant, deep ruby/purple color and heady aromas of plums, blackberries, violets, vanilla and forest-floor spice. The palate is smooth, expansive and harmonious, with rich, deep flavors and a long, opulent finish. This luxurious red is delicious with Beef Wellington, rack of lamb and game, especially dishes incorporating thyme, peppercorns and caramelized onions.More Info...

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