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Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Late Harvest 2011

Member Review by VegasOenophile:

Lovely aromas of white peach, jasmine and ginger. Lithe on the palate with a zestiness, refreshing minerality and crisp, dry finish. - Tasted at winery 4/22/10

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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 Late Harvest

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/09/2010

Lovely aromas of white peach, jasmine and ginger. Lithe on the palate with a zestiness, refreshing minerality and crisp, dry finish. - Tasted at winery 4/22/10


Snooth User: Bay Area WineO
115418168
2.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/01/2010

Two glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 05/09/2010

Thick apricot and nectar on the nose. Strong acidity up front on the palate. Nice, nutty marmalade on the finish. - Tasted at winery 4/22/10


Snooth User: deeder
2798637
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/01/2010

Everyone loved this dessert wine; we had an Oktoberfest dinner and this was perfect with the pear tart. It is pricier than advertised.


Snooth User: daveyp125
83924122
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/18/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Late Harvest

External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

"It starts with a smile. Pale gold edges seem to grin at you from the sides of the glass


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/23/2011

"Dimples only deepen upon the first taste


External Review
Vintage: 2005 09/23/2011

"Late Harvest Riesling is left on the vine to develop botrytis cinerea


External Review
Vintage: 2004 02/28/2009

The Trefethen Dry Riesling is enticing with fragrant aromas of jasmine, fresh citrus and tangerine are accented by lovely floral scents. On the graceful palate, the wine's bright, lively lemon-lime and white peach flavors are given added zest by a refreshing minerality that threads through the wine's crisp lingering finish. This Dry Riesling is a wonderful apéritif wine and also beautifully accompanies crab, shellfish, and sushi. It is a great match for Asian and Southwestern-inspired dishes. Plus, it's absolutely the best wine to sip while cooking.




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