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Trefethen Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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Belle Terre Vineyard, owned by the Dick Family, is located on the Russian River in southern Alexander Valley. Over the past three decades, the Dick Family has built a reputation as one of the premier grape growing families in the region.The 2005 vintage is designated "Select Late Harvest" which is equivalent to Auslese/Beerenauslese (minimum sugar at harvest 28.0 brix/Residual sugar usually over 11.5% by weight). Botrytis-affected wines are made from white grapes affected by "Noble Rot" known as Botrytis cinerea. The grapes are hand-selected and then individually hand-sorted to choose only Botrytis-affected berries and partial clusters, specially processed and fermented in stainless steel. (Available in 375ml bottles only.)Intense aromas of ripe apricot, peach and Bosc pear fill the nose of this luscious dessert wine. A richly-textured sweet entry leads to apricot nectar, yellow peach and honey flavors. The wine is perfectly balanced with acidity and has a clean finish.

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 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

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4.00 5
06/26/2007

Nutty and buttery taste. Less spicy than the nose might suggest. Lingering creamy finish.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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3.50 5
09/28/2008

grassy scent tangy and with a yeast flavor black peppercorn finish


Snooth User: Philip James
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2.00 5
06/26/2007

Wow - got to be the most citrussy chardonnay i've ever tasted - pineapple and lemon drops! Some oak and loads of acids...


Snooth User: drdebs
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3.50 5
01/23/2008

Brighter bing cherry and plum notes, with nice acidity and good structure. Will improve over next 12-18 mos.


Snooth User: caugs
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4.00 5
09/25/2010

pleasant ripe berry nose with smooth, balanced tannins, fullness on the palate and enough structure to age for a while more. Exquisite with a rare steak.


Snooth User: c2tr
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3.50 5
02/19/2008

Three and a half glasses


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Tasting Notes:

This ruby-colored wine is made from hand-harvested grapes. It has a nose of ripe fruit, complemented by woody notes. Tannins are soft. Should be decanted at 17-18 degrees Celsius.

Belle Terre Vineyard, owned by the Dick Family, is located on the Russian River in southern Alexander Valley. Over the past three decades, the Dick Family has built a reputation as one of the premier grape growing families in the region.The 2005 vintage is designated "Select Late Harvest" which is equivalent to Auslese/Beerenauslese (minimum sugar at harvest 28.0 brix/Residual sugar usually over 11.5% by weight). Botrytis-affected wines are made from white grapes affected by "Noble Rot" known as Botrytis cinerea. The grapes are hand-selected and then individually hand-sorted to choose only Botrytis-affected berries and partial clusters, specially processed and fermented in stainless steel. (Available in 375ml bottles only.)Intense aromas of ripe apricot, peach and Bosc pear fill the nose of this luscious dessert wine. A richly-textured sweet entry leads to apricot nectar, yellow peach and honey flavors. The wine is perfectly balanced with acidity and has a clean finish.

Dietary Information: Kosher

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 5.00 g/l grams per liter

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