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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2012 Dragon's Tooth

Vintage

  • 2012

Varietal

  • 66% Malbec
    20% Petit Verdot
    14% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • October 1-21

Oak

  • 21 months in 77% French
    21% Hungarian
    2% American
     

Alcohol

  • 14.5%

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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

A classic vintage for the Napa Valley, the 2012 growing season was characterized by warm days and cool nights. In our vineyards in the Oak Knoll District, a dry and warm spring provided the vines with a strong start and the summer was generally mild with most days getting up into the 80’s and many nights as low as the 40’s. The early start to the season was tempered by a slightly cooler than average autumn resulting in typical harvest dates for all varieties–and grapes and wines of exceptional quality.

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 color and structure while Cabernet Sauvignon offers dark fruits.

Food Affinities

Dragon’s Tooth is wonderful with all manner of beasts. Our favorites are roast beef, grilled steak or roasted lamb. The wine also shines with charcuterie, rich cheddar cheeses and cassoulet.

Accolades  

93 POINTS (v. 2012)
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel
October 2015

93 POINTS (v. 2010)
James Suckling   July 2015

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

4+ STARS (v. 2011)
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine August 2014

93 POINTS (v. 2009)
Wine Enthusiast March 2013

94 POINTS (v. 2008)
Wine Enthusiast

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



Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards