2014 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Chardonnay

SKU #1230343 Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* As a rule, Trefethen Chardonnays trend away from overt ripeness and take a somewhat more measured, less-opulent tack, and this bright, briskly balanced bottling follows suit. It sports a fine and insistent measure of youthful green-apple fruit as its central theme while gentle oak sits in quiet support. While pert and alive, it is not given to acidy stiffness, and its vitality tags it as a good choice for pairing with a wide range of meaty fish recipes over the next two or three years.  (5/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Delicate and restrained notes of lemon honey and citrus are present in this medium-bodied, fresh, lively, clean and pure style of the 2014 Chardonnay Oak Knoll District. It was aged nine months in mostly French but some Hungarian oak. Drink it over the next several years. (RP)  (12/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 Crisp fruit unveils itself slowly in this classically refreshing wine, soft and medium in acidity and oak. It picks up additional ripeness on the finish, from mango to peach. (VB)  (7/2016)

K&L Notes

Though few remember it today, Trefethen Chardonnay comes with "Olympic" credentials. At the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine Olympics, held in Paris three years after the famed "Judgment of Paris" tasting that made Chateau Montelena famous for their Chardonnay, Trefethen's 1976 Chardonnay was named best in the world over a much wider field of entrants. Trefethen's 2014 Chardonnay is entirely sourced from their Main Ranch estate vineyard in Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District, a sweet spot in between Pinot Noir country in Carneros and Cab country to the north. Fruit was brought in block-by-block as it ripened at the end of the perfect 2014 growing season. The wine was primarily fermented in-barrel (20% new and 82% French oak) where it spent 9 months before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
Beautiful apple fruit and brighter than expected acidity make this value-priced white almost reminiscent of a crisp cider. With a slightly toasty finish and lean texture, the Trefethen is a lovely, clean summer Chardonnay from a respected California producer.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1