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...

  • 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...

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  • Trefethen Chardonnay United States California Napa County White 2009

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    Enjoy the aroma of apples with a buttery taste. Goes great with our Dominos thin crust and buffalo wings ; ) Read More

    Wine review by godofwine69


  • Trefethen Chardonnay United States California Napa County White 2009

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    Nicely fruity on the nose with early notes of mulberry, black fruits and violet over some limestone notes. Rich, ripe yet transparent on the palate with lively, crisp tannins and an edge of austerity that underpins the mulberry, black raspberry and juniper/forest floor-toned palate. This finishes much more in the red fruit end of the spectrum wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Trefethen Chardonnay United States California Napa County White 2009

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    Bright, tart fruit with a balanced acidity, woodsy flavors (pinecone, cedar), good weight and smoothness. Very well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • Trefethen Chardonnay United States California Napa County White 2009

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    Nice strawberry fruit on the nose which is a contrast to its deep violet hue. Structured and complex, yet with a smooth mouthfeel, subtle tannins and bright acidity Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll 1999

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    Cut red plums, smoke, hickory from the oak, a little flint, steel, apple core, lovely sweet violet note. Bright, fairly tense. I prefer the 97 to this. Tight and a bit oaky today. A bit chewy, lightly, full of bitter cherry fruit, classic austere, aggressive stuff. This is charged with fruit. Ready to beat your mouth into submission, but has fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Trefethen Napa Chardonnay Library Cs/6 1997

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    Iron, limestone, flower petals, spice. This is very fine, very perfumed, blood-penetrating nose. Fresh and rich, powerful wine. This has real energy in the mouth, lovely citrus and rosehip notes, red cherry fruit, strawberry. Lovely, still youthful. A bit liquory, nice spice. Mineral follow-through, sapid, almost salty, tense and vibrant, long f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2008

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    On the nose, black current, bing cherry, and hints of forest floor and just the slightest tinge of menthol. On the palate, medium-full bodied mix of dark fruits, white pepper, tar, cigar box, leather and hint of vanilla. Nice long, smokey finish, slightly peppery. Tannins still a bit firm - look forward to trying this with a few more years behin... Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Trefethen Chardonnay United States California Napa County White 2009

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    Lots of cream and pears in the nose, and a fresh vegetative smell. Light minerally body with some mild buttery notes. Slightly tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Trefethen Chardonnay United States California Napa County White 2009

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    Clear and clean aromas of green apple, lemon and sugar. Smooth and flavorful with a complex mix of lemon candy, cream, apple. Read More

    Wine review by 2Mark Angelillo 2 Mark Angelillo


  • Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Dry 2009

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    A great dry Riesling perfect for sipping and pairing with food...nice combo! Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


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