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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Long Shadows wine makers...


  • 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


  • Trefethen Dragons Tooth Red 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by JCBoudreau


  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2009

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    Dark fruit on the nose, medium body, fantastically balanced wood and slightly dry earthy finish. Love it. Read More

    Wine review by Carlo182


  • Trefethen Merlot Oak Knoll 2008

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    Nose of oak-laced red currant and Bing cherry. Some light, flinty minerality along with a green note, almost stemmy quality. On the palate, it's dense and lush. Strong tannin frame. Very dry. Flavors of kirsch, currant, dark cherry, vanilla and some dusty coca on the finish. Polished fruit, focused and dense. Good acid, so should progress... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Dry 2010

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

    Wine review by kate statton


  • With the summer of Riesling in full swing, not to mention our own Riesling Global Tasting Initiative wrapping up, it’s a great time to talk about Riesling wines and those which might be perfect for your palate and pocketbook this summer.Riesling is a tricky variety to review. It’s one that really requires you to read any review that is accompany... Read More

    From the article Riesling Round Up


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