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Trefethen Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

White Wine Gewurztraminer by Ch. St. Jean from Sonoma County, California. Perfume, acacia flowers and exotic spices leap from the nose of this classic Gewrztraminer. A rich, medium - bodied entry fills the palate with flavors of jasmine, orange zest and melon and lead into a surprisingly clean and refreshing long...

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 Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
12/04/2009

There’s something a touch funky on the nose here with a very smoky and minerally profile that recalls bacon fat and ashes but there’s also plenty of sweet fruit and even a hint of apricot glaze. In the mouth this is elegant and very refined with big, black cherry fruit that’s tight and wound up. There are lovely, nuanced notes of sandalwood, dried citrus rinds and herbs in the mouth but the tannins really clamp down on the finish. Nonetheless the core of fruit is just so pretty, faceted, and ripe that this is certain to benefit from several years aging. 94pts


Member Reviews for Trefethen Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: TKINSD
28874062
4.00 5
12/15/2009

Deep ruby color. Nose is full of blackberry and raisin. Rich and super smooth on the palate. Flavors run from jammy dark berries to raisins and prune followed by a soft oak with chocolate on the finish.


4.00 5
10/29/2007

Beautiful mellow cabernet blend. Slightly spicy nose, dark fruits and currants on the finish. Enjoyed at Tria in Philadelphia.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
01/23/2008

Nice depth in the midpalate to the leather, herbs, and plum fruit. Silky texture.


Snooth User: RPerro
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4.50 5
04/11/2009

Decanted 2 hours. Bright raspberry nose and flavors. A touch of minerality and earth on the palate as well, with light acidity, and well-integrated tannins. Outstanding - 93 points.


Snooth User: magpie
42803108
0.00 5
02/06/2008

More restrained than the Shotfire Shiraz, this delivers powerful flavor but is smooth and controlled.


Snooth User: RobLevy
4435024
4.50 5
08/28/2010

Wonderfully, rich and smooth with a softness that wasn't apparent two years ago. Nice round, smooth tannins without bite....and lots of nice earth. A beautiful California Cab.


External Reviews for Trefethen Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
05/23/2011

Take our word for it, this wine will not disappoint. Impressive tannins and colossal black fruit, yet forward with a velvety moughfeel to leave you with a never-ending finish.


External Review
05/23/2011

Austere, but rich and complex, with currant, chocolate and blackberry flavors that are tightly wound, finishing with a good push of fruit flavors and firm tannins. Best from 2004 through 2012.


External Review
06/02/2009

Subtle, with a deceptively easy entry, offering lithe texture and cherry, plum and a distinct stony note that pick up steam and then hang on beautifully as the finish sails on and on, hinting late at sassafras. Tannins are well-integrated. Best from ... Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2004 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard 750ml


External Review
08/18/2011

The 2004 Cinq Cepages displays an elegant, Bordeaux-like style offering aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, black currants, cherries, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied with soft, silky tannins, and a moderately long finish, it should drink well for 7-8... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 375ml


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesCrafted from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, with continually unfolding layers of complexity. The wine is rich in the nose with red berry-cherry fruit and enticing cedar cigar box aromas. The hillside fruit adds spice and dusty characteristics. The palate is lush and full, the use of oak is masterfully integrated so as to provide perfect spice without an overshadowing influence.


External Review
03/31/2012

This one has layers and layers of gorgeous plum, blueberry and currant flavors on a satiny, plush frame, shaded with lovely exotic mushroom notes as the finish rolls on and on. Beautifully put together and pointed toward longevity, expect this to las... Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2004 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace 750ml



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White Wine Gewurztraminer by Ch. St. Jean from Sonoma County, California. Perfume, acacia flowers and exotic spices leap from the nose of this classic Gewrztraminer. A rich, medium - bodied entry fills the palate with flavors of jasmine, orange zest and melon and lead into a surprisingly clean and refreshing long...

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