Of all the praise Trefethen’s superb Merlot has received over the years, Ben Gilberti of the Washington Post probably said it best : “reminiscent of the Merlot-based wines made by Christian Moeuix in Pomerol.”
Which given that Moeuix makes Petrus and Trotanoy is high praise indeed.
As Trefethen explains:
Because Merlot flourishes in relatively cool growing regions with moist soils, it’s extremely well-suited to the ancient alluvial loams, temperate climate, and long growing season of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, a sweet spot between Napa’s warmer up-valley regions and its cool southern tip.
Here’s what the Wine Enthusiast says of the 2015 vintage:
This wine explodes with aromas of cinnamon stick and oak. The entry is thick and dense on impact, with powerful, polished tannins. Dark cherry, raspberry and dusty clove combine with ease around a palate of structure and grace.
This 2016 vintage, not yet reviewed, is even richer, riper, fuller and more concentrated. (Parker rates the vintage the best in his chart, and Vinous rates it 5 points higher than 2015.)