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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2012 Dry Riesling


  • 2012


  • 100% Riesling


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 19–29

Residual Sugar

  • 6.0 grams/L (Dry)


  • 12.5%

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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

Aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and lime lead to light tropical and floral notes on the palate. The wine has delightful acidity and minerality and ends with flavors of ruby red grapefruit and peaches.

Food Affinities

This is a wonderful apéritif wine and a perfect complement to a porch swing on a summer afternoon. Food matches include crab, shellfish, sushi, seared Ahi tuna, lemon chicken, grilled chicken-apple sausage and a broad assortment of Asian or southwestern inspired dishes.

IRF Chart


90 POINTS (v. 2012)
Anthony Dias Blue The Tasting Panel
August 2013

GOLD (v. 2012)
Tasters Guild International Wine Competition May 2013

WINNER First Riesling to be selected a winner (v. 2012)
2013 Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition

" Classic Riesling aroma with a trace of jasmine spice, bright and lilting. Always a phenomenal wine...."Dan Berger February 2013

GOLD (v. 2011)
San Diego International Wine Competition June 2012

GOLD (v. 2011)
San Francisco International Wine Competition June 2012

WINE OF THE WEEK (v. 2011)
Dan Berger, June 2012

91 POINTS ~ Editors Choice
(v. 2009)
Wine Enthusiast Magazine July 2011

FOUR STARS (v. 2009)
Wall Street Journal

“One of the world’s best Dry Rieslings this side of Alsace.”
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun December 2010 (v.2009)

“EXCEPTIONAL” (v. 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