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 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 Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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Trefethen Vineyards & Winery on Snooth

  • Trefethen Riesling Dry 2013

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Trefethen Dragons Tooth Red 2011

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    A blend of 58% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot. 21 months in 77% French, 16% American and 7% Hungarian oak.Complex aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis and spice. Full-bodied and concentrated with firm tannins on the palate. Rich black cherry & currant notes on the palate intermingled with layers of dark chocolate, cinnamon an... Read More

    Wine review by Taste with Stace


  • Trefethen Riesling Dry 2012

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll 2006

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    Wine review by Brian butler


  • Trefethen Merlot 2011

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    Wine review by sanadler


  • Trefethen Chardonnay Harmony 2011

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    Not bad but not great Napa chardonnay. Expected a lot more but this was fairly simple and not very complex. Nice stone fruit, some ripe pear and melon, medium to low acidity and a short to medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Good news! I've been invited to my first wine makers dinner! Needless to say, I'm excited about the opportunity. The dinner is going to be with Gilles Nicault from Long Shadows next week.Naturally I'll be doing my homework in advance to learn what I can and think about good questions I'd like to ask. I know that Long Shadows has been discussed h... Read More

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  • Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll Dragon's Tooth 2010

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    Wine review by minocencio


  • Trefethen Merlot Oak Knoll 2008

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    Medium dark ruby color; ripe berry, blackberry, oak, vanilla nose; ripe black fruit, berry, black plum, violets palate with depth; medium-plus finish. (91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon; 17 months in oak, 90% French, 5% American, 5% Hungarian, 45% new; 14.1% alcohol) 93 points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • In 2004, the movie Sideways put a major dent in California Merlot sales when Miles uttered the immortal words “I am not drinking fucking Merlot!” At that point there were a lot of ripe, insipid Merlots on the market—many grown in areas that were too hot for the grape to ripen slowly, gaining full physiological maturity—so Miles’ sentiments reson... Read More

    From the article Napa Merlots


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