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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2013 Merlot

Because Merlot flourishes in relatively cool growing regions with moist soils, it’s extremely well-suited to the ancient alluvial loams, temperate climate, and long growing season of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, a sweet spot between Napa’s warmer up-valley regions and its cool southern tip.

Vintage

  • 2013

Varietal

  • 95% Merlot
    4% Malbec
    1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 10-October 11

Oak

  • 18 months in 50% French
    36% American
    14% Hungarian

Alcohol

  • 14.8%

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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

The bright ruby color and festive nose reminds you of being “home for the holidays.” Notes of spice cake and vanilla lead the way to aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and black licorice. On the palate, the wine is well structured and balanced, offering flavors of chocolate with a hint of fine leather. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with exciting tannins ending with a rich finish

Food Affinities

Our Merlot is very food-friendly and pairs well with a wide range dishes from spaghetti to filet mignon. It is also delicious with pork, lamb and casserole dishes with pancetta or mushrooms.

Accolades  

92 POINTS (v. 2013)
Wine Enthusiast September 2016

94 POINTS (v. 2013)
“Trefethen thankfully remains committed to this unfairly maligned grape, and continues to turn out some of the best examples in California...Those in the know always have some Trefethen Merlot stashed away for when their wine loving friends come around.”
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online March 2016

BEST MERLOT OF THE SHOW ~ 92 POINTS ~ PLATINUM (v. 2013)
Critics Challenge March 2016

92 POINTS (v. 2012)
James Suckling July 2015

90 POINTS (v. 2012)
Wine Enthusiast September 2015

91 POINTS ~ Very Highly Recommended
(v. 2012)
California Grapevine May 2015

BEST MERLOT OF THE SHOW ~ 94 POINTS ~ PLATINUM (v. 2012)
San Diego International Wine Competition
June 2015
Critics Challenge June 2015

GOLD (v. 2012)
TEXSOM International Wine Competition
February 2015

95 POINTS (v. 2012)
“Merlot is an important part of their portfolio, and it’s always one of the top California examples.”
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online January 2015

90 POINTS (v. 2009)
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel
January 2013

TOP TEN HOLIDAY WINES (v. 2009)
Gayot, December 2012

93 POINTS (v. 2007)
“Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots
out there.”
Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Vintage 2002 "...Reminds me of the best merlots produced in the Pomerol region of France..."
Bob Hosmon, Syndicated Columnist

Vintage 2001 "...reminiscent of the ethereal, merlot-based wines made by Christian Moueix in Pomerol..."
Ben Giliberti, Washington Post

Vintages  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006


Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards