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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.

Vintage

  • 2017

Varietal

  • 95% Merlot
    5% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 17-October 5

Oak

  • 18 months, 44% new

Alcohol

  • 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.

Accolades  

91 POINTS
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
(v. 2016)
California Grapevine April 2019

“nicely balanced...hits the varietal mark with authority” (v. 2016)
Connoisseurs‘ Guide to California Wine April 2019

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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