2016 Dragon’s Tooth

$70 / Bottle (750ml)

“…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

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

Record-breaking winter rains filled our reservoirs and recharged the soil. Spring and early summer were warm, leading to very strong growth in the vines. The rest of the summer was more typical with warm days and cool nights, providing perfect conditions for the developing grapes. Our yields for the season were slightly lower than average and the resulting wines are classic—with complex flavors and our signature brightness on the palate.

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.

VARIETALS
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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Accolades

91 POINTS
Wine Enthusiast
May 2019