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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2016 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.

Vintage

  • 2016

Varietal

  • 100% Chardonnay

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • August 17–September 17

Oak

  • 9 months (19% new) French

Barrel Fermentation

  • 69%

Malolactic Fermentation

  • 8%

Alcohol

  • 13.4% by volume

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The Vintage

Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings, mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer. The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed fantastic character development.

The Wine

The nose opens with bursts of green apple, toasted brioche, honeysuckle and lemon cream pie. The palate is full yet bright, offering a pleasant viscosity and subtle notes of clove and tropical fruit. The clean finish adds an exclamation point with elegance.

Food Affinities

The perfect balance of body and acidity makes this an ideal food wine. Recipe ingredients which complement the wine are almonds, hazelnuts, tarragon, lime zest and lemon thyme. Restrained use of mild mustard is also a good match. Serve with seafood or lighter meats.

Accolades  

90 POINTS (v. 2016)
Decanter September 2017

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

91 POINTS ~ VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (v. 2015)
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

DOUBLE GOLD ~ 98 POINTS
~ BEST WHITE WINE/NAPA
(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