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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2011 Dragon's Tooth

Vintage

  • 2011

Varietal

  • 74% Malbec
    15% Petit Verdot
    11% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 30–October 11

Oak

  • 21 months in 54% French
    27% American
    19% Hungarian
     

Alcohol

  • 14.0%

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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

2011 got off to a late start with a cool and wet spring. A surprise rain in our typically dry June was followed by a more seasonable, but cooler summer. We were delighted by a very warm and dry September. October was a roller-coaster with some rains early on and then, thankfully it was dry and warm. Being 100% estate grown, we opted to drop fruit affected by the colder weather and produce our wines from only the remaining ripe and well-balanced grapes. Thus, our yields were considerably smaller and the grapes rich in flavor.

The Wine

This unique blend presents cherry and boysenberry aromas with hints of cinnamon and baking spice. Nutmeg and toasty oak flavors segue into a long, chocolate-y finish that would disarm the fiercest of dragons. Malbec brings a diversity of fruit to the palate; Petit Verdot contributes body; and Cabernet Sauvignon lends darker fruit and structure.

Food Affinities

Dragon’s Tooth is wonderful with all manner of beasts. Our favorites are short ribs, grilled steak, roasted lamb or duck breast. The wine also shines with dark fruit reduction sauces.

Accolades  

93 POINTS (v. 2010)
Top Wine of the 2013 “Most Legendary Blend” The Tasting Panel October 2013

91 POINTS (v. 2010)
Wine Enthusiast December 2013

93 POINTS (v. 2009)
Wine Enthusiast March 2013

94 POINTS (v. 2008)
Wine Enthusiast

90 POINTS (v. 2007)
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Vintages  2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards