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TREFETHEN 12 CH ESTATE
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Bottle Size: 750ML
$22.99
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TREFETHEN 2012 CHARDONNAY ESTATE OAK KNOLL DISTRICT 750mL

In 1968, Eugene Trefethen had the foresight to purchase 600 acres of land in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The land was littered with walnut, pear and plum trees, as well as old vineyards and the rundown relic of 19th century wine-production that was the Eschol winery. Eugene and his wife Katie, along with their son John and daughter Carla, and John’s wife Janet, began the arduous task of replanting the overgrown vineyards. The upshot is that Trefethen Vineyards has been producing quality wines from estate grown fruit since 1973 and fame has rightfully followed. Intimate knowledge of the vines is a biggie in winemaking, no two ways about it, and not a single purchased grape has ever been used in the production of Trefethen. Along with practices such as harvesting at night to retain more of the fruit character, sustainable viticulture to protect the nutrient balance in the soil, and gentle gravity-flow transfer of the grapes and juice once in the winery, there’s the aspect of location, location, location. The Oak Knoll district is famous for the cool winds and maritime influences that roll through the vineyards each evening – perfect for Chardonnay. This bottling is classic Trefethen. Eschewing new oak and using only partial malolactic fermentation, the oak/butter component makes for a nice accent instead of being the punchline. Beguiling notes of apple, peach, candied citrus and spices on the bouquet are reiterated on the palate along with tropical nuances and a refreshing minerality.
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