Chardonnay 2020

$40 / 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

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 growing season began early after a very dry winter that included only half of our typical rainfall. The summer was sunny and pleasant, our warmest since 2003, and the harvest began a few weeks earlier than usual. The white wines from this vintage feature concentrated flavors and our signature brightness on the palate.

The Wine

This wine has fresh and vibrant aromas of sliced green apple, white peach, and honeysuckle with integrated notes of baked apple and puff pastry on the palate. It is round, layered, and complex with a refreshing acidity that leads to a full and lengthy finish.

Food Affinities

Our Signature Chardonnay pairs exceptionally well with Chef Chris’ Cioppino. The acidity cuts through the richness of the tomatoes, while the wine’s complexity complements the other ingredients, and its structure keeps the flavors balanced.

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Chardonnay Steamed Mussels with Calabrian Chili Broth & Crusty Bread

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2022

Michael Franz, Wine Reviews Online 2022