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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2015 Dragon's Tooth

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.

Vintage

  • 2015

Varietal

  • 47% Malbec
    30% Petit Verdot
    23% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 10-October 3

Oak

  • 18 months in 53% French
    30% Hungarian
    17% American
     

Alcohol

  • 14.5%

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The Vintage

With a warm spring, the vines got off to an early start. The weather turned cool during bloom which impacted fruit set and resulted in fewer grapes per cluster. The size of the crop was further reduced as the dry soils, from a lack of late rains, led to smaller grapes. The weather was warm throughout the summer leading right into one of our earliest harvests ever. The resulting wines are fantastic as the smaller grapes and fine weather contributed ideal ripeness with very concentrated flavors.

The Wine

This alluring blend features rich aromas of blackberry and cracked pepper. On the palate, the flavors include more dark berries and a touch of freshly baked pastry. Malbec brings the color and diversity of fruit; Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon lend the darker fruits and robust structure. While in its youth, this wine will benefit from decanting before serving.

Food Affinities

Grilled steak, roasted lamb or duck breast are our favorite meats to pair with Dragon’s Tooth. The wine also shines with dark fruit reduction sauces.

Accolades  

GOLD (v. 2014)
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
January 2017

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. 2012)
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