by Fred McMillin
for November 13, 1997
Trefethen's Great Grapes
Napa bankers James and George Goodman bought Oak Knoll in 1886. They built a large wooden winery that is still standing. Oak Knoll became Eshcol, the brook where, at the direction of Moses, the Israelites found enormous grape clusters. Eshcol wines also proved highly successful.
A century later, Kaiser President Eugene Trefethen (treh-FETH-en) had changed the name to Trefethen Vineyards and chalked up a huge success of his own. In France, Trefethen placed FIRST in an international tasting in Burgundy, France. with over 100 acres of Cabernet vines in the Napa Valley, it's no suprise that the winery's Cabs are drawing ever more critical acclaim. My panel just tried the '93; big but smooth, it garnered a Highly Recommended rating from the ten tasters.
Postscript: About that Chardonnay, I recently tried the '95 at Wolfgang Puck's Postrio Restaurant in S.F. It had a wonderfully calming effect on my spicy sesame Chinese chicken salad. ($6.50 for a generous glass)
Note: For more about Trefethen, see the June 3, 1997 WineDay.
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