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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2015 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

  • 2015

Varietal

  • 95% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Sauvignon
    2% Malbec

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 14-30

Oak

  • 18 months in (40% new)
    56% French
    30% American 14% Hungarian

Alcohol

  • 14.1%

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The Vintage

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

The Wine

This Merlot sets the standard for elegance with a perfume of red fruits and earthy notes and flavors of raspberry, plum and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is silky yet bright, a classic Trefethen.

Food Affinities

Delicious with duck, barbecued chicken, lamb dishes, tomato-based pastas and mushroom pizza. A dash of freshly ground black pepper over a dish creates a lovely combination with our Merlot.

Accolades  

93 POINTS (v. 2015)
Wine Enthusiast July 2018

91 POINTS (v. 2015)
The Tasting Panel April 2018

DOUBLE GOLD ~ 99 POINTS
~ BEST OF CLASS
(v. 2015)
California State Fair Wine Competition
April 2018

GOLD-92 POINTS (v. 2014)
Winemaker Challenge January 2017

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

92 POINTS (v. 2012)
James Suckling July 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

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



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