Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2009

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93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Dark fruits, rich color and savory spices highlight the first impression of this wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. It has good density and richness through the finish. Barrel aged 16 months in 81% French and 19% American oak. Alcohol 14.1%.

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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

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03/01/2013

Dark fruit on the nose, medium body, fantastically balanced wood and slightly dry earthy finish. Love it.


External Reviews for Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll

External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

Dark fruits, rich color and savory spices highlight the first impression of this wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. It has good density and richness through the finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/11/2013

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with lovely depth and roundness. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine's sense of balance and harmony. Plums, chocolate, cassis and French oak are all layered into the creamy, generous finish. This attractive Cabernet has considerable early appeal, but with a little more attention it could make the move up to being truly distinctive and exciting. The 2009 is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/22/2014

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with lovely depth and roundness. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine's sense of balance and harmony. Plums, chocolate, cassis and French oak are all layered into the creamy, generous finish. This attractive Cabernet has considerable early appeal, but with a little more attention it could make the move up to being truly distinctive and exciting. The 2009 is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
10/31/2012

Trefethen Cabernet sourced from Oak Knoll in Napa Valley has all the hallmark character that we expect from valley floor Cabernet. Dark berry fruit character with spice notes and lush palate feel.



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93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Dark fruits, rich color and savory spices highlight the first impression of this wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. It has good density and richness through the finish. Barrel aged 16 months in 81% French and 19% American oak. Alcohol 14.1%.

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