Sunfish Cellars USD 38.99 750ml

Trefethen Merlot Oak Knoll 2006

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With delightful plum, sweet cherry tomato, dark cherry, and olallieberry fruit our Merlot delights from the start. As the fruit gives way to notes of anise, roast fennel seed, and smokiness, it’s tempting to just sink into the glass. Crisp and mouthwatering, silky tannins back up a full, strong mouth with great structure and lead into a savory sage finish. This wine is sure to spoil you. Awesome with duck, try it with your favorite tomato-based pasta dish, too. And for the true hedonists, drizzle a little over some fresh berries and ice cream. You can thank us later.

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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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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
04/11/2010

tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
05/09/2010

The "Family Hold Back" has a nearly cab-like nose of sun drenched raspberries, dark chocolate and leather. Flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of nutmeg. - Tasted at winery 4/22/10


Snooth User: Val13
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4.00 5
12/12/2009

Strong anise nose; tangy fruit, a touch of wood on finish. Thanks to Gambino's Wines of O'Fallon, Missouri.


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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"With delightful plum



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With delightful plum, sweet cherry tomato, dark cherry, and olallieberry fruit our Merlot delights from the start. As the fruit gives way to notes of anise, roast fennel seed, and smokiness, it’s tempting to just sink into the glass. Crisp and mouthwatering, silky tannins back up a full, strong mouth with great structure and lead into a savory sage finish. This wine is sure to spoil you. Awesome with duck, try it with your favorite tomato-based pasta dish, too. And for the true hedonists, drizzle a little over some fresh berries and ice cream. You can thank us later.

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