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Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Library Selection Estate 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 35th vintage of Napa Valley Chardonnay is classic Trefethen: a perfectly poised balance of fresh golden apple and spiced pear fruit – with undertones of lemongrass, ginger and mineral – and toasty, clove-y, creamy notes from partial barrel fermentation and sur lie and French oak aging. Rich, yet elegant, juicy, yet beautifully structured for aging, our 2008 Chardonnay captures the essence of Napa Valley and 35 years of dedicated winemaking at Trefethen. Grilled seafood, herb-roasted chicken, creamy scallops and risotto, white-sauced pastas and simply prepared pork dishes all make excellent accompaniments to our Chardonnay, which also pairs well with foods seasoned with thyme and oregano.

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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 Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Library Selection Estate

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05/22/2009

Very nice domestic Gewurztraminer. Off-dry in style, with aromas of lychee and roses followed by a lychee and apple palate. Honey and rose aftertaste. More complexity than most at this price point, decidedly rich with nice acidity.


External Reviews for Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Library Selection Estate

11/20/2013

Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Here is a mid-sized Chardonnay with clean and direct appley and lightly citrusy fruit tones filled out nicely by a distinctly caramelly, roasted vanilla bean note that lends just the right touch of richness to its aromatic beginnings and enhances an equally likeable and somewhat rounded, decently energetic set of flavors in the mouth. The search for the good $12 Chardonnay must include this oh-so-priceworthy bottling.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/23/2014

An intense and inky Petite Sirah adorned with licorice and silky plum and blueberry flavors. With just the right amount of meatiness and softened tannins, this structured wine has a fine accent of spice on the finish and will age for years and years to come. - V.B. A good balance of plush, ripe plum fruit flavors with firm, rustic tannins. Features details of spice and herb. Drink now. 5,300 cases made. -MW


External Review
06/20/2014

Wonderful silky texture to this red with a beautiful currant and berry character as well. Full body with caressing mouthfeel. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Malvasia Nera. Better after 2013. James Suckling.


External Review
11/20/2013

The 2008 Le Serre Nuove dell Ornellaia is drop-dead gorgeous. Mocha smoke tar grilled herbs and black fruit emerge from the glass followed by a dense core of fruit all wrapped around a firm tannic frame. The finish is intense and very much closed in on itself at this stage. Once again Le Serre Nuove is simply fabulous. Sometimes I think it may be too good as the rationale for paying the premium for Ornellaia doesn t make any sense at all when the second wine is this outstanding. The 2008 is a Serre Nuove that will need another few years in bottle for the tannins to soften but its potential seems clear at this stage. It is every bit as impressive as it was when I tasted it for the first time last year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
11/20/2013

This deep plum/ruby/purple-colored 2008 is another sleeper of the vintage. It possesses bacon fat cedarwood black currant and cherry characteristics along with medium body abundant rich fruit and an exuberant flamboyant style. Composed of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14.5% natural alcohol it should drink well for 10-12 years. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
06/20/2014

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External Review
03/21/2014

This is a historic wine that consistently delivers an elegant interpretation of Tuscan Sangiovese (blended with 15% Malvasia Nera). It opens with bright pulses of cherry and raspberry plus a dark tone of leather. The palate is silky fresh and long-lasting. Wine Enthusiast.


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Tasting Notes:

Fragrant aromas of apple blossom, peach and hints of lychee begin the nose of this light and refreshing Gewurztraminer.

Our 35th vintage of Napa Valley Chardonnay is classic Trefethen: a perfectly poised balance of fresh golden apple and spiced pear fruit – with undertones of lemongrass, ginger and mineral – and toasty, clove-y, creamy notes from partial barrel fermentation and sur lie and French oak aging. Rich, yet elegant, juicy, yet beautifully structured for aging, our 2008 Chardonnay captures the essence of Napa Valley and 35 years of dedicated winemaking at Trefethen. Grilled seafood, herb-roasted chicken, creamy scallops and risotto, white-sauced pastas and simply prepared pork dishes all make excellent accompaniments to our Chardonnay, which also pairs well with foods seasoned with thyme and oregano.

Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 4.10 g/l grams per liter

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