Trefethen Riesling 2005 Tasting Notes
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Trefethen Riesling 2005 Tasting Notes

Trefethen, which has a long history, is located in southern Napa, just north of Napa town. I had the Trefethen 2005 Estate Dry Riesling with Haddock (which I liked less than the wine). Trefethen keeps it simple; the grapes are their own, and the Riesling ferments in stainless steel, no oak, no malolactic fermentation, no artifice. The result is as clean as the approach, as complex as the grape. You get ripeness without too much acidity; at 13% alcohol the wine is dry, as might be expected (the ripeness gives the brain, though not the tongue, a sweet association).

This result is a great deal of fruit: first grapefruit and peach on the nose, then lemon, melon, pineapple, mango on the palate. In the mineral realm, the nose brought what I call white porous stone, repeated on the palate with impressions of tar and gasoline (of the most pleasant variety, I should stress). At $20 the bottle, I think you get some value for your green.


Verdict: Delivers
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