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Trefethen Family Vineyards Double T Red Blend Napa Valley 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

The five classic Bordeaux-style varieties inspire a wine to be enjoyed anytime. Malbec brings a silky softness; Cabernet Sauvignon gives depth and structure; Merlot adds a lively spiciness; Cabernet Franc has floral fruit and Petit Verdot intense color. Enjoy while cooking with friends, at backyard parties or late night 'after parties.' A fantastic bottle of wine to enjoy with a steak!

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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 Family Vineyards Double T Red Blend Napa Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
02/20/2016

Trefethen Vineyards is world famous for their extraordinary estate Cabernet from their vineyard in the Oak Knoll region of Napa Valley. Much like a second label Bordeaux, The Double T label was launched to use the estate fruit that doesn’t make it into the main bottling. Grapes for this Double T Red come from the very same estate vineyard but some from the young vines and some are blending varietals that they have more of than they need, but all of it is prime thanks to their exceptional location at the cool end of Napa Valley, and the outstanding 2012 vintage. This blend is 53% Malbec, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. All of the lots are vinified separately and the wine aged 15 months in 22% new French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. Malbec brings plush fruit characters and a hint of floral with Cabernet Sauvignon providing the backbone, Merlot adds a lively spice and herbal character. Cabernet Franc provides finesse and a peppery perfume and Petit Verdot adds color and structure. This wine received a Gold Medal at the Texsom International Wine Awards. Hard to find such a delicious Napa Valley estate red for such a value price. Don’t miss it.



The five classic Bordeaux-style varieties inspire a wine to be enjoyed anytime. Malbec brings a silky softness; Cabernet Sauvignon gives depth and structure; Merlot adds a lively spiciness; Cabernet Franc has floral fruit and Petit Verdot intense color. Enjoy while cooking with friends, at backyard parties or late night 'after parties.' A fantastic bottle of wine to enjoy with a steak!

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