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Merlot, Trefethen Family Vineyards 2017

Trefethen Estate


Reported as "One of the best Napa Merlots" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. We would agree, another great addition to our Trefethen selection.

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.

Production Area 
Main Ranch of the Trefethen estate vineyards, located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley.

Varieties
95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc

Description
Ripe plum, cherry, and red currant aromas are complemented by elegant undertones of bay leaf and cedar. An abundance of juicy red fruit flavours entices the palate with beautifully integrated layers of fresh herbs followed by cracked pepper and baking spice on the finish. Lush tannins and bright acidity make this a wine to enjoy now and for years to come.

Food Pairings
Dishes with thyme or allspice enhance the beautifully fresh spice notes in this vibrant Merlot. Winery Chef Chris Kennedy suggests pairing it with savoury cuisines like wood-fired wild mushrooms spiked with sage, Merlot-glazed barbecued chicken, or pepper-crusted grilled Ahi tuna.

Product Details

ABV:  14.2%
Serving emp  16-18 ° C. 
Laydown

  8-12yrs

Volume

75cl

 

 

Accolades

94 POINTS
GOLD
Beverage Testing Institute
February 2021

 

92 POINTS
Wine Enthusiast
June 2020

 

92 POINTS
James Suckling
“Lovely balance and firmness to this red with blackberry, ash, black-olive and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with a tight tannin backbone and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.” – January 2021

 

92 POINTS
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
“Medium ruby color; attractive, ripe, spicy, dark cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of baking spices, black pepper, and cocoa powder; full body; red fruit flavors with spicy notes, bright acidity, a hint of dark chocolate, and pleasing richness in the elegant mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable to drink now, though best to bottle age for several more years.” – January 2021

 

91 POINTS
Decanter World Wine Awards
“Fresh and poised, with sweet tobacco notes to jammy red and dark fruits, prunes and chocolate. Complexity and textural wealth.” – January 2020

 

RESERVE CLASS CHAMPION
GOLD
Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition
November 2020

 

BEST MERLOT
GOLD
Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
October 2020


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