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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2015 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.


  • 2015


  • 100% Chardonnay


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • August 14–September 9


  • 9 months (20% new) French

Barrel Fermentation

  • 74%

Malolactic Fermentation

  • 4%


  • 13.5% by volume

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The Vintage

With a warm spring, the vines got off to an early start. The weather turned cool during bloom, impacting fruit set, resulting in fewer grapes per cluster. The size of the crop was further reduced as the dry soils, from the lack of late rains, led to smaller grapes. The weather was warm throughout the summer, keeping the vines running early, right into one of our earliest harvests ever. The resulting wines are fantastic as the smaller grapes and fine weather contributed ideal ripeness with very concentrated flavors.

The Wine

The nose opens with bursts of orange blossoms and hints of lemon cream pie. The palate is full yet bright, offering a pleasant viscosity and subtle notes of kiwi. The clean finish adds an exclamation point with elegance.

Food Affinities

The perfect balance of body and acidity makes this an ideal food wine. It will shine with light dishes featuring shellfish, grilled fish, chicken or pasta with spring vegetables. Fresh tarragon as an accent herb works quite well.


90 POINTS (v. 2015)
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate December 2016

California Grapevine January 2017

GOLD (v. 2014)
TEXSOM International Wine Competition March 2016

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

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

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

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