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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 Dragon's Tooth

Vintage

  • 2013

Varietal

  • 52% Malbec
    36% Cabernet Sauvignon
    12% Petit Verdot

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 10-October 21

Oak

  • 21 months in 63% French
    35% 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

The spring was warm and dry, getting the vines off to an early start. The weather stayed warm throughout the summer but was free of damaging heat spells. September brought a classic Napa Valley autumn with warm days and very cool nights. With the consistent warmth, the harvest began about two weeks early and we had a very busy September. The beautiful growing season resulted in truly exceptional wines—full of ripe flavors, developed in the sunshine, and balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights.

The Wine

This provocative blend presents blackberry and cracked pepper aromas with hints of cinnamon and baking spice. Vanilla, raspberry and toasty oak flavors segue into a long, chocolate-y finish that would disarm the fiercest of dragons. Malbec brings color and diversity of fruit to the palate; Cabernet Sauvignon offers dark fruits while Petit Verdot contributes structure.

Food Affinities

Grilled steak, roasted lamb or duck breast pair well with this unique and fearless blend. The wine also shines with dark fruit reduction sauces.

Accolades  

90 POINTS (v. 2013)
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
December 2015

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