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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 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.


  • 2013


  • 100% Chardonnay


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • August 30–September 24


  • 9 months (22% new) 79% French and 21% Hungarian

Barrel Fermentation

  • 79%

Malolactic Fermentation

  • 12%


  • 14.1% by volume

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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

Fruit aromas of white peach and Fuji apple fill your nose along with brioche toast and a touch of spice. The palate zings with bright acidity, unveiling ripe apple and pear fruit, with lovely tropical and pineapple flavors. A classic Trefethen Chardonnay, a round and creamy mouthfeel finishes with a crisp and clean finish.

Food Affinities

Grilled seafood, herb-roasted chicken, creamy scallops and risotto, white-sauced pastas and simply prepared pork dishes all make excellent accompaniments.


92 POINTS ~ Editors' Choice (v. 2013)
Wine Enthusiast December 2015

91 POINTS ~ Very Highly Recommended (v. 2013)
California Grapevine May 2015

91 POINTS ~ Top 10 Chardonnays to try (v. 2013)
Decanter June 2015

GOLD ~ 90 POINTS (v. 2013)
Critics Challenge June 2015
& Winemaker Challenge June 2015

91 POINTS (v. 2013)
“Trefethen Chardonnays are remarkable for their consistency of style and quality.”
Wine Review Online December 2014

90 POINTS (v. 2012)
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate October 2014

90 POINTS (v. 2012)
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel August 2014

(v. 2012)
California State Fair Wine Competition,
June 2014

(v. 2012)
Los Angeles International Wine Competition,
May 2014

When it comes to Chardonnay, just remembering that nothing beats a balanced classic. 2012 Trefethen is reminding me! (v. 2012)
Sara Schneider, Sunset Magazine, July 2014

90 Points (v. 2011)
Wine Enthusiast, September 2013

4 1/2 STARS (v. 2010)
"Fine quality Chardonnay, in a full, elegant style."
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, July 2012

90 POINTS (v. 2009)
“This winery is one of the old schools that are leading the new school. This is a lovely effort from one of Napa's founding families.”
Mark Tarbell, AZ Central,


Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards