2016 Dragon’s Tooth Red Wine 1.5L

$150 / Magnum (1.5L)

“…this wine is definitely outstanding.” – Robert Parker

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“…this wine is definitely outstanding.” – Robert Parker

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  • Wine Enthusiast 91

4.3

Our Nana, Catherine Trefethen, was Welsh. Her twin loves of wine and family were the original inspiration for our estate in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District. Celebrating our heritage, “Y Ddraig Goch”, the symbol of Wales, adorns this bottle of Dragon’s Tooth, a provocative blend born from the rockiest part of our vineyard.

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

This alluring blend has rich aromas of ripe red plum, baking spices, and cracked pepper. The palate is lush with flavors of cherries and dark berries. Malbec brings color and diversity of fruit; Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon lend the darker fruits and robust structure. Merlot rounds out the mid-palate and brings an elegant freshness to the wine. While in its youth, this wine will benefit from decanting before serving.

BLEND
47% Malbec
27% Petit Verdot
23% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Merlot

Food Affinities

This blend shines with leaner cuts of meat like flank, sirloin, and skirt steak.

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Pan-Roasted New York Strip with Trefethen Cabernet & Shallot Confit

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Accolades

91 POINTS
Wine Enthusiast
May 2019