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Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Dry 2006

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About Trefethen In 1968, our family purchased seven farms surrounding a magnificent, but run-down, 19th-century winery in southern Napa Valley and created Trefethen Family Vineyards. At the time, there were fewer than 30 working wineries in Napa Valley. True to our original vision of creating a classic wine estate, we have never purchased a single outside grape. Instead, we lavish extraordinary care on our two sustainably farmed estate vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Controlling all viticultural practices allows us to produce grapes with pure, intense flavors beautifully reflecting our unique terroir. Our Estate Vineyard Our primary estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA, which occupies an ideal climate zone between Napa's warmer up-valley districts and its cool southern tip. Its well-drained alluvial soils and long, temperate growing season with high diurnal temperature variations are ideal for preserving Riesling's natural fruit flavors and acidity. The 2006 Vintage One of the longest growing seasons in our 35 years in Napa Valley began with a New Year's flood and continued with an unusually cool, wet spring, then segued into a very mild summer punctuated by a record July heat wave. August and September were ideal with morning fog, mild afternoons and cool, crisp evenings, while October was dominated by unseasonably cool weather which slowed ripening, elongated the harvest and tried our patience! We harvested the Riesling over a three-week period with a range of sugar and acid levels that enabled us to produce a characteristically bright, crisp, Dry Riesling. Vinification After whole cluster pressing of the grapes, we transfer the juice to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine never sees any oak, nor does any portion undergo malolactic fermentation, so that we may produce a fresh, crisp, bright white wine from the noble Riesling variety. The Wine Enticing, fragrant aromas of fresh citrus, green apple and peach fruit, accented by lovely honeysuckle and mineral scents. On the graceful palate, the wine's bright, lively, lemon-lime and peach flavors are given added zest by a refreshing minerality that threads through the wine's crisp, lingering finish. Food Affinities Riesling is a wonderful apéritif wine and also beautifully accompanies crab, pork, lean fish and turkey entrées, as well as Asian and Southwestern inspired dishes. Plus, it's absolutely the best wine to sip while cooking!

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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 Riesling Oak Knoll Dry

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4.00 5
06/26/2007

Quite fruity and somewhat spicy. Pleasant soft aromas. Spicier on the attack than the finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
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3.00 5
06/26/2007

Very dry with good acidity - a nice spritzy attack. Notes of pears and spices. Nice finish.


Snooth User: gpnguyen
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3.00 5
11/14/2007

Dry and crisp; nice and fruity.


Snooth User: toxik
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5.00 5
04/29/2010

One of the best (and consistent) Dry Riesling's I've had. Not too sweet- so you get the good wine taste, not an overly fruity taste like many other cheap Rieslings. Very Smooth.


Snooth User: nerdvernacular
2961442
3.00 5
08/01/2007

Three glasses



About Trefethen In 1968, our family purchased seven farms surrounding a magnificent, but run-down, 19th-century winery in southern Napa Valley and created Trefethen Family Vineyards. At the time, there were fewer than 30 working wineries in Napa Valley. True to our original vision of creating a classic wine estate, we have never purchased a single outside grape. Instead, we lavish extraordinary care on our two sustainably farmed estate vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Controlling all viticultural practices allows us to produce grapes with pure, intense flavors beautifully reflecting our unique terroir. Our Estate Vineyard Our primary estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA, which occupies an ideal climate zone between Napa's warmer up-valley districts and its cool southern tip. Its well-drained alluvial soils and long, temperate growing season with high diurnal temperature variations are ideal for preserving Riesling's natural fruit flavors and acidity. The 2006 Vintage One of the longest growing seasons in our 35 years in Napa Valley began with a New Year's flood and continued with an unusually cool, wet spring, then segued into a very mild summer punctuated by a record July heat wave. August and September were ideal with morning fog, mild afternoons and cool, crisp evenings, while October was dominated by unseasonably cool weather which slowed ripening, elongated the harvest and tried our patience! We harvested the Riesling over a three-week period with a range of sugar and acid levels that enabled us to produce a characteristically bright, crisp, Dry Riesling. Vinification After whole cluster pressing of the grapes, we transfer the juice to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine never sees any oak, nor does any portion undergo malolactic fermentation, so that we may produce a fresh, crisp, bright white wine from the noble Riesling variety. The Wine Enticing, fragrant aromas of fresh citrus, green apple and peach fruit, accented by lovely honeysuckle and mineral scents. On the graceful palate, the wine's bright, lively, lemon-lime and peach flavors are given added zest by a refreshing minerality that threads through the wine's crisp, lingering finish. Food Affinities Riesling is a wonderful apéritif wine and also beautifully accompanies crab, pork, lean fish and turkey entrées, as well as Asian and Southwestern inspired dishes. Plus, it's absolutely the best wine to sip while cooking!

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