Chardonnay 2019

$38 / Bottle (750ml)

“…the yardstick by which all other Chardonnays must be measured.”- Robert Drouhin

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“…the yardstick by which all other Chardonnays must be measured.”- Robert Drouhin

Scores

  • Critics Challenge 93
  • Sunset Int’l 92
  • Decanter 90
  • Somm. Choice 90

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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.

The Vintage

The dormant season was wet with much more rain than usual before the skies cleared in April, just in time for bud break. The weather in May was surprisingly cool and rainy again, slowing down the vine growth, and serving as a harbinger of the roller-coaster growing season that followed. The summer months alternated between warmer and cooler than average but, thankfully, the daily high temperatures rarely exceeded 100°F. September was warm and sunny, providing the perfect finish and all the grapes were in by mid-October.

The Wine

Aromas of pineapple, apple, and Meyer lemon are layered with orange peel and pear notes. It’s full-bodied, structured, and balanced with fresh acidity. Nuances of crème brûlée and vanilla lead to a smooth and lengthy finish.

Food Affinities

Our cool-climate, bright Chardonnay is perfect for grilled or steamed fish and fresh vegetables. It is also a great companion for lightly cooked shellfish like crab and prawns. For a more spicy pairing, Winery Chef Chris Kennedy suggests serving this wine with our Chardonnay-Steamed Mussels with Calabrian Chili Broth and Crusty Bread.

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Chardonnay Steamed Mussels with Calabrian Chili Broth & Crusty Bread

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Accolades

93 POINTS
GOLD

Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
“Lean, crisp and structured with lemon flavors.” – Rebecca Murphy, July 2021

92 POINTS
GOLD

Sunset International Wine Competition
June 2021

90 POINTS
Decanter World Wine Awards
July 2021

90 POINTS
GOLD
Sommeliers Choice Awards
May 2021