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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2009 Quandary

As one of the pioneering families of Napa Valley and some of the most experimental winegrowers in California, the Trefethens are generally an open-minded bunch. But when the winemaker presented John and Janet with an unlikely blend of Viognier, Chardonnay, and Riesling, they thought he had finally had a little too much to drink. Until they tasted it, of course. Beautifully fragrant and refreshing, this 2009 vintage of Quandary was produced in a limited quantity.


  • 2009


  • Viognier Chardonnay Riesling


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • Sept. 11-Oct. 23


  • 13.5% by volume

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The Vintage

2009 was an excellent, even-keeled vintage in Napa Valley. Consistently mild weather throughout the growing and harvest seasons resulted in stress-free vines, long grape hang times, and fruit with finely developed flavors at lower-than-normal sugar levels.

The Wine

The conundrum about Quandary, our proprietary blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Viognier, is that it’s the perfect wine to serve when you’re in a . . . well, quandary! Fresh, inviting and oh, so easy-drinking, this rich, viscous white is clearly the sum of its delicious parts: lovely floral and crisp citrus notes from the Riesling; succulent apple and pear fruit from the Chardonnay; and luscious tropical tones from the Viognier. Yum!

Food Affinities

Casual meals featuring seafood, poultry and vegetarian entrees. It’s also an ideal picnic, patio, pool and back porch sipping wine.

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards