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Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll 2006

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Aromas of toasted almonds, honey, ripe peach and pear entice the nose. The palate is racy, lively and bright; lemon drop candies and pineapple flavors give way to a memorable, delicious finish.

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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: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
11/13/2009

a touch of cream and vanilla, golden apples and citrus fruits on the nose. Citrus fruits on the palate as well melon and tropical like fruits with hints of oak and vanilla that linger on and throughout


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.00 5
02/27/2010

I must admit that I am trying this wine while on malbec kick. That said I like this wine. Dark fruit, coco and earthiness on the nose. Plum, minty and earthiness, smooth tannins and a long finish. Yummy wine, great with a skirt steak.


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
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4.00 5
09/30/2010

Translucent yellow-gold color. Aromas of apple, oak, and honey. It's smooth and dry with tastes of pears and apples, with hints of honey and oak. The finish is clean and surprisingly long with notes of minerals and a bit of butter.


Snooth User: rob198
43896132
2.50 5
11/03/2009

eh. it's ok. not great, not bad... but, i keep reaching back for the glass. Typical inexpensive zin, though more translucent than most... Raspberry/cherry jam with a little wood on the finish. Moderate tannins, definitely drinking hot and out of balance--too much alcohol. somewhat one note. would drink again, but probably not purchase again... My rating: 74/100 For the money: 80/100


Snooth User: Brian butler
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0.00 5
08/29/2014

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External Reviews for Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/31/2009

Distinctly spicy, with cinnamon and white pepper overtones to the focused red berry and cherry fruit, persisting on the expressive finish and lingering beautifully. Needs time to settle in, but this has the goods to age. Best from 2010 through 2016. ... Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2006 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/12/2011

Dense purple core with a medium ruby rim. Bordeaux-like aromas display currant, cherry, anise, cedar and soil. On the palate, this is full bodied with tannins that build from start to finish in the mouth. Black currant flavors are showcases with a hi... Alex Lallos. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 375ml


External Review
09/23/2011

"Chardonnay is a pale gold in color


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAnother classic from Trefethen. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, mango and Fuji apple spiced with hints of tarragon, are lovely in the nose. The palate is lush with citrus and light smoky oak, underscored by bright, crisp mineral qualities, and the finish is lasting, elegant and memorable.


External Review
05/16/2009

Sattes Rubin mit violetten Reflexen. Waldbeeren und schwarze Kirschen in der fruchtigen Nase, feiner Veilchen- und Rosenduft dahinter. Saftiger Gaumen, wieder viel blaue und schwarze Frucht, dezente Moccanote. Ein Schmeichler bis ins füllig nachklingende Finale und ein grossartiger Weinwert aus dem sonnigen Kalifornien.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/31/2009

Elegant and refined, with a plush underpinning to the luscious raspberry, blackberry and black plum fruit, shaded with subtle hints of peppermint and a whiff of char as the finish sails on smoothly. Drink now through 2016. 1,191 cases made. -HS Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2006 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace 750ml


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04/21/2010

Dunkles Rubinrot mit violetten Reflexen, Fruchtig und lebhaft mit Noten von Beeren, Kirschen und Pflaumen. Vollmundig und angenehm im Gaumen , lang und fruchtig im Abgang.


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Tasting Notes:

Juicy and mouth-filling, this wine bursts with bright raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and café au lait. Big, chewy tannins surround a complex core of black fruit and hints of tasty oak that last throughout a long finish.

Aromas of toasted almonds, honey, ripe peach and pear entice the nose. The palate is racy, lively and bright; lemon drop candies and pineapple flavors give way to a memorable, delicious finish.

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