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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2018 Chardonnay


After several years and countless revisions, we have created a new label which was inspired by the very first to grace a bottle of Trefethen wine. An external reflection of our internal evolution, this new design reflects both who we are as well as the wines we make.


  • 2018


  • 100% Chardonnay


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • August 17–October 1


  • 9 months, 13% new

Barrel Fermentation

  • 61%

Malolactic Fermentation

  • 4%


  • 13.3% by volume


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The Vintage

Ample rainfall in the spring recharged the soil profile and provided a strong start to the growing season. The weather during the summer featured consistent warmth and sunshine without any major heat spells. Cooler than average temperatures in August and September slowed the ripening process, providing long hang time and leading to complex flavor development. October was mostly dry and warmer than usual allowing us to pick each block at optimal ripeness. The harvest was complete before November and the start of an epic rainy season.

The Wine

Aromas of lemon and lime are complemented by a touch of apple blossom and white peach. Subtle notes of toasted oak frame the palate which features more citrus flavors and hints of apple and pear. The lively acidity brings great balance and the finish is refreshing and smooth.

Food Affinities

The bright citrus notes of this wine make it a perfect match for shellfish and tarragon. Try a simple dish of salt and pepper shrimp or caramelized jumbo scallops over rice. Also try adding tarragon to fresh goat cheese and enjoy with your favorite torn bread and good friends!


92 POINTS | FIRST PLACE (v. 2017)
California Grapevine
March 2019

91 POINTS | GOLD (v. 2017)
Critics Challenge Int’l Wine & Spirits Competition
June 2019

91 POINTS | GOLD (v. 2017)
Sunset Int’l Wine Competition
May 2019

91 POINTS (v. 2017)
California State Fair
May 2019

90 POINTS (v. 2017)
Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition
June 2019

90 POINTS (v. 2017)
James Suckling
May 2019

TOP RATED (v. 2017)
"Crisp mouthwatering palate"
St. Helena Star
April 2019


Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards