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Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2003

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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
89065214,118
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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,118
4.50 5
03/01/2009

The nose here is a bit gentle with sweet roasted fruit and subtle soft spices. The palate follows through with a soft, feathery appeal that highlights the roasted strawberry and black plum fruits. The finish gains a touch of wood spice and soil tones but this remains remarkable elegant Pinot that more winemakers should be emulating. 92pts

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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
112,549
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: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
03/01/2009

Bright red cherry and chocolate nose, leading to a white pepper and bitter cherry mouth. Lots of bramble character, tending towards a gaminess.

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    0.00 5
    04/28/2011

    Scored - 87

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    External Reviews for Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll

    External Review
    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


    External Review
    10/06/2009

    Amazingly supple graceful and focused balancing raspberry blackberry plum and spicy smoky elements into a seamless whole all wrapped in fine tannins and lingering on the finish beautifully. 94 points Wine Spectator. Aromatic wild nose of game and dark berries. Initially rather ungiving but then vibrant and juicy in the mouth with fresh black raspberry and tangy pepper notes. Finishes strong with good length and solid grip. 90 points Stephen Tanzer


    External Review
    10/06/2009

    94WS,90ST no further case discount


    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    04/08/2009

    The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape La Combe des Fous (60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Vaccarese, with everything but the Mourvedre aged in tank – the Mourvedre is put in small barrels) has a big, sweet, heady nose tha... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape la Combe des Fous 750ml


    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    12/07/2010

    ...Aromatic, wild nose of game and dark berries. Initially rather ungiving, but then vibrant and juicy in the mouth, with fresh black raspberry and tangy pepper notes. Finishes strong, with good length and solid grip... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2003 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace 750ml


    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    03/31/2012

    Subtle and graceful. Remarkably generous with its many layers of flavor, offering currant, raspberry, cherry, violet and mineral notes that keep echoing as the finish sails on and on. Tannins are present but should polish up with time in the cellar..... Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2003 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard 750ml



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    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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