97 Points (Best in Show), 2021 Decanter Wine Awards
A husband and wife operation– Janet & John Trefethen have been at it in Oak Knoll since 1973 when they restored the original Trefethen winery first established in 1886. This wasn’t some fluke winery winning ‘Best in Show’. Trefethen is iconic in the Napa Valley as one of the largest estate wineries as well as the only wooden gravity-flow winery in the entire region.
The wines that come from this unique wooden gravity-flow winery are truly special. They’re full-bodied, fresh and incredibly expressive yet perfectly integrated and balanced, no doubt the result of a winemaking facility unlike any other and a team of winemakers that know exactly how to handle each vintage.
The new 2018 Cabernet is a complete show-stopper, a dark and brooding Cabernet made in an excellent year in Napa but one that manages to outshine and outpoint just about every other wine made in the vintage. Wild aromas of black cherry, plum, lavender and chocolate with smooth, lengthy tannins, great weight and a lot of personality.
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97 Points (Best in Show Winner), Decanter Wine Awards 2021
For the second year running, it’s an Oak Knoll Cabernet which has carried the Best In Show torch for the Napa, underlining the fact that this spot in the Valley seems to be ideal for mingling Napa’s diagnostic generosity and depth with an expressive finesse and an approachability which both appeals to our judges and chimes with the wine world’s zeitgeist. The wine is still dark black-purple, and the aromatic currant and berry fruits are blue, tender and enticing, with skilled and seamless oak integration. On the palate, the wine has weight and depth — but what you really notice in this 2018 vintage is its purity and inner energy; the weight and depth follow on after, but don’t overwhelm from the start. The seamless integration of acidity and brisk tannin, too, is another mouthwatering hallmark — of skilled winemaking, or the place? Who’s to say?