2012 Trefethen Estate Napa Valley Dry Riesling
Trefethen has been making dry Napa Valley Riesling as long as most anyone, and, from the beginning, its wines have favored delicacy over richness and aggressive fruit. This latest very much fits the family mold and is a clean, fairly crisp, if somewhat too mild wine, and, truth be told, it could do with a boost in fruity depth with which to buffer the slight, latter-palate bitterness that holds it back from higher marks.
This Riesling actually tastes off-dry, to judge by the honey and vanilla bean sweetness that accompanies the citrus fruits. It's brisk in acidity and refreshingly low in alcohol. Continues a string of successful, restaurant-fancy Rieslings from Trefethen.
A vibrant, fresh take on honeydew melon, lime zest, kiwifruit and apple flavors, with a racy finish. Drink now. (Web-2013)
Do you love Riesling? Are you ready to give California Riesling a second chance? Start here. The Trefethen family planted Riesling decades ago on their Oak Knoll District property, likely because it was one of the Valley's popular varietals at the time. Tastes have changed, but they're still replanting new blocks of Riesling now, in the age of almighty Cab, because it's remained one of their most popular varietals. It's a lovely, dry wine year on year, partly thanks to the vineyard's location on the foggier, southern edge of the valley, and partly thanks to the conscientious approach that Trefethen takes with their Riesling--including multiple picks and specially selected yeasts. The 2012 was the first Riesling to be named a winner at the 2013 Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, and has won the praise of wine critic Dan Berger: "Classic Riesling aroma with a trace of jasmine spice, bright and lilting. Always a phenomenal wine...." (February 2013)