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Trefethen Rl-Dry 2006

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The colour is a deep inky red. There is good concentration of violets on the nose with some lifted perfume from the Petit Verdot. The palate is rich, ripe and medium to full bodied. The wine is bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, plums and christmas pudding and shows great balance with the supporting spicy oak adding complexity and character. The tannins are chewy and complement the mouthfilling flavour you get when you taste the wine. The wine has great vibrancy and poise which are evident on the long seamless 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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Member Reviews for Trefethen Rl-Dry

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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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: 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


External Reviews for Trefethen Rl-Dry

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/05/2010

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cepages (in this vintage, truly a Cabernet Sauvignon rather than a proprietary red as it is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot) possesses soft, seductive no... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 750ml


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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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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/16/2011

The 2006 I Sodi di San Niccolo is fabulous. Beautifully delineated aromatics meld into a breathtaking array of dark fruit, crushed rocks, smoke, tar, minerals and flowers in this totally thrilling Tuscan red. The fruit completely saturates the palate... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2006 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo Vino da Tavola 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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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
12/16/2010

Showing the usual balance and harmony of this bottling, which is made from the five Bordeaux varieties, the '06 nonetheless lacks a bit of the richness of other vintages. It's beautifully clean and dry, with sound currant, blackberry, herb tea and ce... Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages 750ml


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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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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.

The colour is a deep inky red. There is good concentration of violets on the nose with some lifted perfume from the Petit Verdot. The palate is rich, ripe and medium to full bodied. The wine is bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, plums and christmas pudding and shows great balance with the supporting spicy oak adding complexity and character. The tannins are chewy and complement the mouthfilling flavour you get when you taste the wine. The wine has great vibrancy and poise which are evident on the long seamless finish.

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