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Trefethen Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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92 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Pungent aromas of red and dark berries, Asian spices and musky herbs. Broad, fleshy dark berry flavors gain freshness with air and pick up notes of allspice and candied rose. Manages to be both rich and lively, finishing with excellent energy and lingering spiciness. This really hangs onto the palate. (May/Jun 2009)

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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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Editorial Reviews for Trefethen Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,056
4.00 5
12/04/2009

Aged in third passage barrique This has a wonderful purity to the sweet, slightly candied notes of barely ripe crushed raspberries with hints of medicinal roots, flowers and bay leaves adding contrast. In the mouth this exhibits a light to medium bodied feel and is very fruit driven with a core of black currant and raspberry fruit that exhibits excellent cut and focus. There are hints of underbrush and herbs on the palate that show up on the big, pure finish with fruit that’s just a touch chunky and an almost spicy note of green anise seeds on the finale. A lovely wine, full and fresh. 90pts


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Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
3.50 5
03/18/2010

My rating: 88 Wine has well balnced nose, fruity, plenty of oak. Body is dry with good fruit and soft tannins


Snooth User: Little Chef
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5.00 5
06/04/2011

Since 1994 I have been drinking the Cinq Cepages and found this to be my all time favorite blend. Plenty of body, great nose and extremely tasty. I haven't opened my 07 yet but it's sure to be as good as all of the others.


Snooth User: nat71ram
86607232
2.00 5
07/24/2011

Two glasses


External Reviews for Trefethen Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The winersquo;s cherry aromas are almost stewy, thanks to the toast and eucalyptus notes that envelop them; expect more cherry, soy and some herbal complexity in the mouth. Medium-weight; closes with tart red fruit and full-on tannin.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Gorgeous Cabernet, offering a mix of ripe, rich, fleshy currant and blackberry fruit, with hints of herb, olive and sage. Finishes with a firm, structured backbone and ripe tannins giving it depth and richness. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
04/12/2011

Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard 2007 750mlWinemaker's Tasting NotesThis wine is dark ruby in color with a pure sweet nose of black cherries, a hint of strawberry and white flowers along w


External Review
01/26/2013

Power and grace is summed up in the 2007 I Sodi di San Niccolo - Mostly Sangioveto (Clone of Sangiovese) with Malvasia Nera. Inky and saturated black and blue hue indicates a full bodied Super Tuscan. Traditional notes of garrigue, morello cherry an... Neil Mechanic. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2007 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo Vino da Tavola 750ml


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11/14/2013

Power and grace is summed up in the 2007 I Sodi di San Niccolo - Mostly Sangioveto (Clone of Sangiovese) with Malvasia Nera. Inky and saturated black and blue hue indicates a full bodied Super Tuscan. Power and grace is summed up in the 2007 I Sodi di San Niccolo...Traditional notes of garrigue morello cherry and black truffle create a heady bouquet. Quite mouth-coating...with plenty of glycerol fruit and wood tannins throughout. After a few years of bottle age this is displaying a dried fruit spectrum of black cherry and black plum with hints of licorice and olive. Another layer of roasted coffee and caramel picks up on the back end with fine grained tannins reminiscent of a gently-aged left bank Bordeaux. The finish is full and expansive going on for minutes. A baby but with the structure to age another 4 to 7 years. I highly suggest decanting for 90 minutes if consuming for the immediateThis wine only gets better with ample aeration. Neil Mechanic.


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05/06/2010

Leuchtendes Rubinrot. Fruchtig-würziges Bouquet: Waldbeeren, Cassis und schwarze Kirschen, feiner Veilchenduft und leichte Pfeffernote dahinter. Saftiger Gaumen mit sanfter Textur, wieder viel blaue und schwarze Frucht, dezente Arabicanote, ein betörender Schmeichler bis ins füllig nachklingende Finale.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Dense and concentrated, with rich, earthy currant and blackberry fruit that's a little muddled and lacking a sharp focus. Still, it speaks clearly of Cabernet with its concentration and depth. New California appellation Cabernet from St. Jean. Drink now through 2008.


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This highly-anticipated 2007 vintage is finally out! And what a gem it is! This classic Bordeaux blend shows amazing power and finesse at such a youthful stage. It’s a magnificent Cabernet with loads of black fruit and hints of dried herbs, olive and sage aromas. On the palate, inviting flavors of currant, ripe black plums, blackberry and roasted oak aromas awakens your senses. Supple and ripe tannins surround a firm structure and lead to a deeply extracted and lengthy finish.

92 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Pungent aromas of red and dark berries, Asian spices and musky herbs. Broad, fleshy dark berry flavors gain freshness with air and pick up notes of allspice and candied rose. Manages to be both rich and lively, finishing with excellent energy and lingering spiciness. This really hangs onto the palate. (May/Jun 2009)

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