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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2016 Double T Red

We created Double T wines to share quality estate lots in a truly fun wine at a great price. As for the name, many of our vines are trained on a quadrilateral cordon trellis, commonly known as “Double T.” The vine is pruned and trained so that its branches, or cordons, form four arms resembling two Ts, hence the name. Double T also refers to the “Two Trefethens” of which there are now two sets actively involved in our winery: John and Janet and now their son Lorenzo and daughter Hailey.

Vintage

  • 2016

Varietal

  • 55% Cabernet Sauvignon
    23% Petit Verdot
    13% Malbec
    8% Merlot
    1% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 13–October 17

Oak

  • 15 months, 15% new

Alcohol

  • 14.6%


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The Vintage

Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings, mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer. The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed fantastic character development.

The Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot provide the backbone for this lovely blend. Malbec brings color, red fruit characters and a hint of floral. Merlot adds a lively spice and herbal character with Cabernet Franc offering finesse and a peppery perfume. Aromas of lush, summer blackberries, brambly cassis, complemented by white pepper, clove, and baking spices are framed by sweet vanilla oak. Juicy, ripe, black cherry and blackberry flavors excite the palate, and the wine finishes long, wrapped in cedar, cinnamon, and clove.

Food Affinities

Designed to pair perfectly with backyard parties, Double T Red will shine with grilled meats complemented with sautéed mushrooms, thyme and black pepper. For an interesting spin, serve with pepper crusted Ahi tuna. For the vegetarians in your life, pair with eggplant parmesan.

Accolades  

DOUBLE GOLD ~ 98 POINTS
BEST RED WINE OF NAPA VALLEY
(v. 2013)
California State Fair Wine Competition, June 2016

"Great with steak"
Wine & Spirits Magazine



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