Eugene Trefethen and his wife Catherine purchased 600 acres in 1968 to create Trefethen Vineyards. At the time, there were fewer than 20 wineries in Napa Valley which put the Trefethens in a small group of wine families dedicated to a vision of crafting world class wines from Napa Valley. Their son, John, and his wife, Janet, were the driving force in turning the estate into a working winery. John led production and Janet travelled the globe promoting Trefethen wines; giving her very deep rooted connections in the UK. Their first wine was released in 1973. At the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine Olympics, their 1976 Chardonnay earned â€œBest Chardonnay in the World" honours.Â
Often referred to as the sweet spot of Napa Valley, Trefethen's two estate vineyards are located in the Oak Knoll District- known for the largest range of individual microclimates within an appellation thus allowing Trefethen to grow a diverse range of varietals.Â Rich fruit, crafted in an elegant, age-worthy manner are the hallmarks of the Trefethen style.Â The third generation is now active with Loren and Hailey poised to put their generation's stamp on the Trefethen credo of 'One Family, One Estate, One Passion.'
Floral aromas of orange blossom and jasmine are complemented by fresh notes of green apple and grapefruit. On the palate, this bright, yet luscious wine evolves with flavours of nectarine, white peach, and Honeycrisp apple. The minerality and beautiful acidity provide an invigorating finish.
The Dry Riesling pairs best with bright, fresh flavours. Fresh coriander, lime juice and zest, raw fish, and jasmine rice play well with the floral notes of this wine. Winery Chef Chris Kennedy suggests pairing with butter-poached lobster, halibut crudo, or burrata crostini with avocado, coriander, and lime.