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Trefethen Family Vineyards Dry Riesling Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 2016

External Review by We Speak Wine:

The Vintage: Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings, mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer. The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed fantastic character development. The Wine: Our Riesling captivates from the very first whiff of its fragrant nose of jasmine and orange blossom. Dry, but succulent, the apple, lime and guava flavors are balanced by bright, mouthwatering acidity and a refreshing minerality that animates the wine’s long, lively finish. Fresh and flavorful, the wine is fermented in stainless steel to preserve varietal character. Food Affinities: A wonderful apéritif wine, our Dry Riesling also beautifully accompanies crab, shellfish, and sushi. It is a great match for Asian and Southwesterninspired dishes, with a special affinity for green curry and seared ahi. Plus, it’s absolutely the best wine to sip while cooking. Residual Sugar: 5.0 grams/L (Dry) Alcohol: 12.5%

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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 Dry Riesling Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/01/2017

The Vintage: Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings, mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer. The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed fantastic character development. The Wine: Our Riesling captivates from the very first whiff of its fragrant nose of jasmine and orange blossom. Dry, but succulent, the apple, lime and guava flavors are balanced by bright, mouthwatering acidity and a refreshing minerality that animates the wine’s long, lively finish. Fresh and flavorful, the wine is fermented in stainless steel to preserve varietal character. Food Affinities: A wonderful apéritif wine, our Dry Riesling also beautifully accompanies crab, shellfish, and sushi. It is a great match for Asian and Southwesterninspired dishes, with a special affinity for green curry and seared ahi. Plus, it’s absolutely the best wine to sip while cooking. Residual Sugar: 5.0 grams/L (Dry) Alcohol: 12.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2012 11/06/2013

Crisp, clean, absolutely stunning to those who have already imbibed this wonderful Riesling. This is a wonderful ap ritif wine and a perfect complement to a porch swing on a summer afternoon.



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