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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2011 Malbec


  • 2011


  • 100% Malbec


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch


  • September 30-October 25


  • 18 months in 50% French
    27% Hungarian
    23% American


  • 13.8%

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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 it was dry and warm. True estate growers with years of experience in their vineyards are better equipped to succeed in challenging years such as 2011. In this case, not only did we aggressively thin during the season but we also depended on our full-time vineyard crew, that has worked here for decades, to pick selectively during harvest. Our winemaker, Zeke Neeley gave them very specific instructions about the quality of grapes we wanted. The crew left many clusters on the vines, delivering only the best to the winery. Thus, our yields were considerably smaller and the grapes rich in flavor.

The Wine

With proper vineyard site selection, excellent soil and top-notch winemaking, our Estate Malbec illustrates how exceptional this variety can be on its own. The wine is bright purple in color. The nose is loaded with hypnotic black fruit aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and huckleberry, with secondary undertones of anise and mint, plus a hint of leather. Fine tannins wrap your palate in silk and create a long finish.

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards