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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2016 Dry Riesling

Vintage

  • 2016

Varietal

  • 100% Riesling

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • August 25–September 8

Residual Sugar

  • 5.0 grams/L (Dry)

Alcohol

  • 12.5%

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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

Our Riesling captivates from the very first whiff of its fragrant nose of jasmine and orange blossom. Dry, but succulent, the apple, lime and guava flavors are balanced by bright, mouthwatering acidity and a refreshing minerality that animates the wine’s long, lively finish. Fresh and flavorful, the wine is fermented in stainless steel to preserve varietal character.

Food Affinities

A wonderful apéritif wine, our Dry Riesling also beautifully accompanies crab, shellfish, and sushi. It is a great match for Asian and Southwestern-inspired dishes, with a special affinity for green curry and seared ahi. Plus, it’s absolutely the best wine to sip while cooking.

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Accolades  

DOUBLE GOLD ~ 98 POINTS ~ BEST WHITE WINE OF NAPA VALLEY BEST RIESLING IN CALIFORNIA (v. 2016)
California State Fair Wine Competition  April 2017

90 POINTS (v. 2015)
Wine Enthusiast  August 2016

GOLD (v. 2015)
Los Angeles International Wine Competition  June 2016

90 POINTS (v. 2014)
Wine Enthusiast  February 2016

90 POINTS (v. 2014)
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel  June 2015

GOLD ~ 93 POINTS (v. 2014)
Critics Challenge  June 2015

90 POINTS (v. 2013)
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel
August 2014

94 POINTS (v. 2013)
“If only more Napa wineries would let their hair (and wallets) down and produce Rieslings with such class and finesse.”
Linda Murphy  July 2014

WINNER
First Riesling to be selected a winner (v. 2012)
2013 Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition

EXCEPTIONAL (v. 2012)
" Classic Riesling aroma with a trace of jasmine spice, bright and lilting. Always a phenomenal wine...." Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences
February 2013

91 POINTS ~ Editors Choice (v. 2009)
Wine Enthusiast Magazine  July 2011

“One of the world’s best Dry Rieslings this side of Alsace.” (v.2009)
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
December 2010

“Perhaps the best dry white wine deal in the Napa Valley.” Matt Kramer, Making Sense of California Wines



Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards