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Trefethen Merlot Oak Knoll 2009

Member Review by VegasOenophile:

Nose of oak-laced red currant and Bing cherry. Some light, flinty minerality along with a green note, almost stemmy quality. On the palate, it's dense and lush. Strong tannin frame. Very dry. Flavors of kirsch, currant, dark cherry, vanilla and some dusty coca on the finish. Polished fruit, focused and dense. Good acid, so should progress nicely over the next 5 or so years. Really nice bitter chocolate notes on the aftertaste. 88 pts.

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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 Merlot Oak Knoll

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/19/2012

Nose of oak-laced red currant and Bing cherry. Some light, flinty minerality along with a green note, almost stemmy quality. On the palate, it's dense and lush. Strong tannin frame. Very dry. Flavors of kirsch, currant, dark cherry, vanilla and some dusty coca on the finish. Polished fruit, focused and dense. Good acid, so should progress nicely over the next 5 or so years. Really nice bitter chocolate notes on the aftertaste. 88 pts.


Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,967
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/10/2013

Medium dark ruby color; ripe berry, blackberry, oak, vanilla nose; ripe black fruit, berry, black plum, violets palate with depth; medium-plus finish. (91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon; 17 months in oak, 90% French, 5% American, 5% Hungarian, 45% new; 14.1% alcohol) 93 points


Snooth User: rdodman
7864264
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/28/2011

Just had a bottle this past weekend. Absolutely delicious. At this price point I dare to find something better. I enjoyed it with Lamb and it was a great pairing.


Snooth User: W Reynolds
79897418
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/15/2011

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/11/2010

tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 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
114220610
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 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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External Reviews for Trefethen Merlot Oak Knoll

External Review
Vintage: 2007 04/13/2011

WE 93pts. - According to the Wine Enthusiast: Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots out there. The cool vintage and southerly valley origins have played a role in giving a firm, dry structure to the cherry, currant, olive, mushu plum sauce and herb flavors. A quality wine, distinctive and complex, and for the price, a relative value.


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Vintage: 2006 09/23/2011

"With delightful plum



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