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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2011 Dry Riesling


  • 2011


  • 100% Riesling


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 24–October 5

Residual Sugar

  • 6.1 grams/L (Dry)


  • 12.5%

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The Vintage

Another in a series of cooler vintages, 2011 got off to a late start with a cool and wet spring. It even rained a couple inches in June, a month that is typically dry. The rest of the summer was more seasonable, although not quite as hot as usual. With vine development progressing, but still delayed, we were delighted to have a very warm and dry September. October was a roller coaster with some rains and high humidity early on and then, thankfully, some dry and warm winds from the north provided the finishing touch for the later varieties.

The Wine

Aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom, ruby red grapefruit and lingering tropical notes are met on the palate with delightful acidity and minerality, showcasing flavors of lime and white peach.

Food Affinities

Seared Ahi, lemon chicken, green curries & southwestern dishes are a few of the matches for this versatile food wine.


GOLD vintage 2011
San Diego International Wine Competition June 2012

GOLD vintage 2011
San Francisco International Wine Competition June 2012

WINE OF THE WEEK vintage 2011
Dan Berger, June 2012

91 POINTS ~ Editors Choice
vintage 2009
Wine Enthusiast Magazine July 2011

FOUR STARS vintage 2009
Wall Street Journal

vintage 2009 “One of the world’s best dry Rieslings this side of Alsace.”
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun December 2010

“EXCEPTIONAL” vintage 2009
Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, December 2010

“Perhaps the best dry white wine deal in the Napa Valley.” -Matt Kramer, Making Sense of California Wines

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards