Chardonnay 1.5L 2018
$85 / Magnum (1.5L)
- Decanter 97
- Wine Review Online 94
- Sommeliers Choice Awards 94
- Wine Enthusiast 93
- Wine & Spirits Magazine 92
Chardonnay was our first international success, helping to put not only Trefethen, but Napa Valley on the map. Defined in the vineyard and refined in the cellar, this wine reflects the cool climate of our estate in the Oak Knoll District, showcasing our signature characteristics of brightness and balance.
Ample rainfall in the spring recharged the soil profile and provided a strong start to the growing season. The weather during the summer featured consistent warmth and sunshine without any major heat spells. Cooler than average temperatures in August and September slowed the ripening process, providing long hang time and leading to complex flavor development. October was mostly dry and warmer than usual allowing us to pick each block at optimal ripeness. The harvest was complete before November and the start of an epic rainy season.
Aromas of lemon and lime are complemented by a touch of apple blossom and white peach. Subtle notes of toasted oak frame the palate which features more citrus flavors and hints of apple and pear. The lively acidity brings great balance and the finish is refreshing and smooth.
The bright citrus notes of this wine make it a perfect match for shellfish and tarragon. Try a simple dish of salt and pepper shrimp or caramelized jumbo scallops over rice. Also, try adding tarragon to fresh goat cheese and enjoy with your favorite torn bread and good friends!
Panna Cotta with Chardonnay & Poached Pear
Decanter World Wine Awards
Wine Review Online
Sommeliers Choice Awards
YEAR’S BEST CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY
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VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
“Medium-light golden yellow; fragrant, floral, apple and pear aroma with hints of honeysuckle and lemon zest; medium to medium-full body; crisp, elegant, citrus, apple, and pear flavors with bright acidity; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. ” – November 2020