2014 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Chardonnay
*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.
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)
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)
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.