Chardonnay, 'Napa Valley', The Terraces
Trefethen Vineyards is located in the Oak Knoll District toward the southern end of the Napa Valley at a relatively low elevation on the valley floor, making it accessible to the climatemoderating efects of the bay. Cooling breezes and coastal fog slow ripening, extending a growing season which can last up to eight months.
The vintage was close to ideal, a second consecutive epic vintage. Although a drought year, late spring rains provided ample moisture for the vines to develop a strong canopy with above average yields. A relatively cool summer with few heat spikes resulted in beautiful fruit through verasion and ripening. Grapes reached ideal maturity with terrific fall weather.
Hand picked and sorted prior to being removed from the stems and slightly crushed. The grapes initially go in one-ton insulated bins with plenty of dry ice, and spend between 20 and 30 hours on their skins to extract flavors. Very gently pressed in a oneton basket press, the juice is left to settle. A combination of wild and domestic yeasts are used to maximize complexity and varietal characteristics. Fermented at cold temperatures in stainless tanks until almost dry, the wines are moved sur lee to mostly neutral French oak barrels. Stirred every two weeks until bottling, the wine develops richness that is balanced by the prevention of malolactic fermentation.
460 cases produced.
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