Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Dry 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Interesting on the nose with notes of dried ruby red grapefruit peel, butcher’s wax and some pollen yellow floral aromas. Smooth and a bit soft on entry, this is broad in the mouth and fairly seamless, delivering subtle flavors of citrus fruits, green apple and pear in a light, easy package that turns brighter and firmer on the modest finish. Easy to drink with a touch of complexity and nice texture on the back end and through the finish. 86pts

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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 Riesling Oak Knoll Dry

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/16/2012

Interesting on the nose with notes of dried ruby red grapefruit peel, butcher’s wax and some pollen yellow floral aromas. Smooth and a bit soft on entry, this is broad in the mouth and fairly seamless, delivering subtle flavors of citrus fruits, green apple and pear in a light, easy package that turns brighter and firmer on the modest finish. Easy to drink with a touch of complexity and nice texture on the back end and through the finish. 86pts


Member Reviews for Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Dry

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Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/18/2012

a little gasoline or something but with a sweetness and some apple fruit. i like this!


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/24/2011

A great dry Riesling perfect for sipping and pairing with food...nice combo!


4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/26/2007

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


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/26/2007

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


Snooth User: gpnguyen
34741108
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/14/2007

Dry and crisp; nice and fruity.


Snooth User: toxik
46761111
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 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
Vintage: 2006 08/01/2007

Three glasses


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Vintage: 2009 06/16/2011

A Riesling wine from California in USA. 2009 Trefethen Dry Riesling 750ml



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