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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2017 Chardonnay

In 1979, Trefethen 1976 Chardonnay was named “Best Chardonnay in the World” at the Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in France, beginning our 40-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.


  • 2017


  • 100% Chardonnay


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • August 23–September 13


  • 9 months, 19% new

Barrel Fermentation

  • 71%

Malolactic Fermentation

  • 7%


  • 13.4% by volume

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The Vintage

Record-breaking winter rains filled our reservoirs and recharged the soil. Spring and early summer were warm, leading to very strong growth in the vines. The rest of the summer was more typical with warm days and cool nights, providing perfect conditions for the developing grapes. Our yields for the season were slightly lower than average and the resulting wines are classic—with complex flavors and our signature brightness on the palate.

The Wine

A beautiful gold color illuminates the glass and aromas of lemon, honeysuckle and pear greet the nose. The fresh palate features more citrus flavors, as well as green apple, and a clean finish. The oak influence in this wine is subtle but important, adding a note of vanilla on the nose and a pleasant roundness on the palate. Another classic vintage of Trefethen Chardonnay!

Food Affinities

The clean flavors and bright acidity in this wine allow for wonderful food pairings. Ingredients such as almonds, hazelnuts, tarragon, thyme and lime zest work particularly well. Restrained use of mustard is also a good match. Serve with vegetables, seafood or lighter meats.


94 POINTS (v. 2016)
Wine Enthusiast August 2018

90 POINTS (v. 2016)
Wine & Spirits August 2018

93 POINTS (v. 2016)
Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle February 2018

92 POINTS (v. 2016)
Wine Review Online ~ #1 Chardonnay in Flight April 2018

94 POINTS (v. 2016)
Wine Review Online January 2018

PLATINUM (v. 2016)
Winemaker Challenge International
Wine Competition
January 2018

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

Wine & Spirits Resaurant Poll April 2017

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

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


Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards