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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2011 Chardonnay

In 1979, Trefethen 1976 Chardonnay was named “Best Chardonnay in the World” at the Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in France, beginning our 30-year tradition of excellence with this most popular of white wines. Key to our success is our vineyard’s location in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, where well-drained, loamy soils and a marine-influenced climate yield Chardonnay grapes with rich, balanced flavors.


  • 2011


  • 100% Chardonnay


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 26–October 12


  • 9 months (19% new) 85% French and 15% Hungarian

Barrel Fermentation

  • 89%

Malolactic Fermentation

  • 17%


  • 13.5% by volume

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The Vintage

2011 got off to a late start with a cool and wet spring. A surprise rain in our typically dry June was followed by a more seasonable, but cooler summer. We were delighted by a very warm and dry September. October was a roller-coaster with some rains early on and then, thankfully, dry and warm north winds provided the finishing touch for the later varieties. Crop yield was noticeably smaller.

The Wine

Tropical and floral aromas highlight the entry of this classic Trefethen Chardonnay. Honeysuckle, apple, pear and lemon zest fill the palate. The cooler growing season and longer hang-times gave us very even ripening on the vine and thus produced a rich, well-balanced wine with bright acidity and a slight stony mineral finish.

Food Affinities

Creamy pasta sauces, grilled seafood and herb-roasted chicken are delightful with this wine. Also try with light pork dishes seasoned with thyme or oregano.


4 1/2 STARS (v. 2010)
"Fine quality Chardonnay, in a full, elegant style."
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, July 2012

SILVER (v. 2010)
NextGen Wine Competition

1st Place, 91 Points (v. 2009)
“Very highly recommended”
California Grapevine

90 POINTS (v. 2009)
“This winery is one of the old schools that are leading the new school. This is a lovely effort from one of Napa's founding families.”
Mark Tarbell, AZ Central,

Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards