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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2008 Dragon's Tooth Red Wine

Vintage

  • 2008

Varietal

  • 56% Malbec
    24% Cabernet Sauvignon
    20% Petit Verdot

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 93% Main Ranch
    7% Hillspring

Harvest

  • September 11–October 27

Oak

  • 22 months in 95% French and 5% American oak

Alcohol

  • 14.5%

Bottled

  • August 2010


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The Red Dragon

on the label of our Dragon's Tooth Napa Valley Red Wine originated in ancient British legend where two dragons—one red, one white—fight in the sky. The boy Merlin watches them with King Vortigern and when the red prevails, driving the white across the sea, the boy foretells the coming of King Arthur who will lead Vortigern's people, the Welsh, to victory over the invading Saxons.

Catherine Trefethen,

our First Lady, was Welsh. Her loves for wine, gardens and family were the inspiration for our estate in Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District, and though she has departed, her spirit is still felt, especially in the cool foggy mornings when mist envelops the vineyard and our minds tend towards whimsical imaginings.

Highlighting

our new plantings of Malbec and Petit Verdot, this 100% Estate wine is born in the rockiest part of our vineyard where obsidian flakes occasionally remind us of the toothy smile of Y Ddraig Goch (The Red Dragon) guardian and symbol of Wales.

The Vintage

The growing season in 2008 began with more spring frost events than we have experienced in decades. You could find the crew two out of every three nights during the month of April in the vineyard “frost-protecting”. Rainfall wasn’t as generous as in past years either. However the summer growing season was splendid, followed by a beautiful fall that provided the perfect finish for the vintage.

The Wine

An exuberant wine full of fruit, this second vintage of our unique blend exhibits a deep purple color. Boisterous aromas of plum, black cherry, and raspberry pie are followed by ripe red fruit on the palate with balanced tannins that build to a spicy, smokey, cinnamon finish.

Food Affinities

Steak, steak and more steak, as well as hearty stews and barbecued meats.

Accolades

94 Points vintage 2008
Wine Enthusiast

90 Points vintage 2007
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

 
Vintages  2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
 
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