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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2017 Merlot

Merlot flourishes in relatively cool growing regions with moist soils, making it an ideal match for certain parts of our estate vineyard, located in the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley, a sweet spot between warmer up-valley regions and the cool southern tip.


  • 2017


  • 95% Merlot
    5% Cabernet Franc


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 17-October 5


  • 18 months, 44% new


  • 14.2%

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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

Ripe plum, cherry, and red currant aromas are complemented by elegant undertones of bay leaf and cedar. An abundance of juicy red fruit flavors entice the palate with beautifully integrated layers of fresh herbs followed by cracked pepper and baking spice on the finish. Lush tannins and bright acidity make this a wine to enjoy now and for years to come.

Food Affinities

Winery Chef Chris Kennedy pairs our Estate Merlot with savory cuisine like his famous wood-fired mushroom pizza, Merlot glazed barbecued chicken, or grilled ahi tuna. Chef suggests integrating thyme, rosemary or cracked black pepper in your dish to enhance the beautiful fresh spice notes in the wine.

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards