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Trefethen Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

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Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French and American oak barrels before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Trefethen Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,195
4.50 5
03/07/2012

Iron, limestone, flower petals, spice. This is very fine, very perfumed, blood-penetrating nose. Fresh and rich, powerful wine. This has real energy in the mouth, lovely citrus and rosehip notes, red cherry fruit, strawberry. Lovely, still youthful. A bit liquory, nice spice. Mineral follow-through, sapid, almost salty, tense and vibrant, long fruit. Almost chewy yet rather refined. 93 pts


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Snooth User: ChipDWood
838841,002
0.00 5
02/13/2011

Just a VERY general warning to those considering purchasing some of (what were) the fantastic 1997 reds from Napa/Cali- I've been burned before with a couple fairly high end items simply because 1997 was an EXTREMELY early-drinking vintage. Friendly and oppulent in their youths but like shooting stars in that many of them- even from some of the better houses (Flora Springs, Cornerstone, etc) have already gone well past their prime and are circling the drain. Buy the better stuff, but buyer beware- and ALWAYS do your homework, no matter which house it may be that you're considering buying. 1997 WAS great. Now, it's fading, and fading fast.


Snooth User: Vasago
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4.00 5
01/20/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Trefethen Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/27/2010

A spectacular offering is the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc that spends 36 months in barrel prior to being bottled without fining and filtra... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

Ultrarich and chocolaty, with layers of cedar, plum, currant and black cherry, revealing uncommon depth and tiers of flavor as it picks up coffee, toffee and anise. Finishes with firm tannins. Best from 2002 through 2012. 13,000 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 750ml


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01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewThe 1997 Cinq Cepages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit-Verdot, it boasts a super-complex bouquet of licorice, dried herbs, black currants, spice box, and cherry liqueur. In the mouth, notes of chocolate, new oak, and red and black fruits caress the palate in a medium to full-bodied, succulent style. Aged in 50% new and 50% one-year old French barrels, it is bottled with no fining or filtration. Fleshy and complex, this is California's answer to a big, rich St.-Emilion. Drinkable now, it promises to last for 12-15 years.



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Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French and American oak barrels before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle.

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