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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2007 Dragon's Tooth Red Wine

Vintage

  • 2007

Varietal

  • 61% Malbec
    22% Petit Verdot
    11% Cabernet Sauvignon
    3% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 94% Main Ranch
    6% Hillspring

Harvest

  • September 8 – October 10

Oak

  • 21 months in French Oak

Alcohol

  • 14.8%

Bottled

  • August 2009


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The Vintage

The 2007 growing season began with a dry, warm winter and spring, resulting in early budbreak, bloom and grape set. Low soil moisture curtailed foliage growth, ensuring the grape clusters enjoyed ample sunshine during a mild summer in which temperatures rarely reached 90 degrees. The cooler-than-normal weather fostered slow, even ripening, a relaxed, well-paced harvest, and wines with deeply concentrated, expressive flavors.

The Wine

This unique, Malbec-based blend, whose label bears a replica of the Red Dragon on the national flag of Wales (The Trefethen Clan’s matriarch, the late Catherine Trefethen, was of Welsh descent), announces its presence with the imposing deep purple color and fragrant, massively concentrated aromas of boysenberry, olallieberry, cassis, brown spices and bittersweet chocolate. On the beautifully structured palate, lush black fruit, nutmeg and toasty oak flavors segue into a long, chocolate-y finish that would disarm the fiercest of dragons.

Food Affinities

Delicious with pheasant, grouse, and duck; this wine also loves grilled steak.

 
Vintages  2011 20102009 2008 2007
 
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