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Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Double T 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Delightful aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine reflect how Chardonnay thrives in our vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley. The bright fruit is augmented by judicious use of French oak barrels--lending notes of graham cracker and baking spices while enhancing the full-bodied mouthfeel. Food Affinities: Enjoy this casually elegant wine with seafood, poultry, pasta, or pork...or just for sipping!

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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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

External Reviews for Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Double T

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/05/2012

Trefethen Vineyards is world famous for their extraordinary estate Chardonnay that has depth, complexity and the ability to age. One reason is their exceptional location right in the Oak Knoll district at the cool end of Napa Valley. Well the grapes for this Double T Chard come from the very same estate vineyard, but the the young vines. Harvested at full ripeness they let it it age just four months in French oak barrels for a lush texture and remarkable complexity. A bold expression of ripe pear, gala apple, vanilla and toast. Rich but balanced and half the price of its big brother.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/05/2012

From the estate vineyard



Delightful aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine reflect how Chardonnay thrives in our vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley. The bright fruit is augmented by judicious use of French oak barrels--lending notes of graham cracker and baking spices while enhancing the full-bodied mouthfeel. Food Affinities: Enjoy this casually elegant wine with seafood, poultry, pasta, or pork...or just for sipping!

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