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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2009 Chardonnay

In 1979, Trefethen 1976 Chardonnay was named “Best Chardonnay in the World” at the Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in France, beginning our 30-year tradition of excellence with this most popular of white wines. Key to our success is our vineyard’s location in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, where well-drained, loamy soils and a marine-influenced climate yield Chardonnay grapes with rich, balanced flavors.


  • 2009


  • 100% Chardonnay


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 8–October 23


  • 9 months (17% new) French


  • 13.5% by volume

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The Vintage

2009 was an excellent, even-keeled vintage in Napa Valley. Consistently mild weather throughout the growing and harvest seasons resulted in stress-free vines, long grape hang times, and fruit with finely developed flavors at lower-than-normal sugar levels.

The Wine

Our 36th vintage of Napa Valley Chardonnay offers all the ingredients fans of this wine have come to treasure: beautifully fresh, complex aromas of golden apple, spicy pear and bright citrus fruit coupled with floral notes and hints of butter and toasty/clove-y French oak; a supple, beautifully balanced texture with vibrant apple and lemon-lime flavors; and a crisp, slightly spicy finish with refreshing mineral tones. The product of a cool-climate vintage, it is delightful now, but will unfold gracefully with further bottle aging.

Food Affinities

Delightful with seafood, lemon herb-roasted chicken, creamy pasta dishes, and foods seasoned with a bit of tarragon.


1st Place, 91 Points
“Very highly recommended” ~ California Grapevine Vintage 2009

1st Place “Very highly recommended” ~ California Grapevine Vintage 2008

EXCEPTIONAL ~ Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences Vintage 2008

Vintages  2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards