Trefethen Dragon's Tooth Red Blend 2018  Front Label
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Trefethen Dragon's Tooth Red Blend 2018

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750ML / 14.6% ABV
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4.2 52 Ratings
750ML / 14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine opens with expressive aromas of cherry and blackberry accented with notes of fig, tobacco leaf, and sarsaparilla. Full-bodied and balanced, the integrated flavors of ripe dark fruit lead to a lush and abundant finish.

Winery Chef Chris Kennedy enjoys Dragon‘s Tooth with earthy and rich cuisine. He suggests pairing it with our Creamy Mushroom Pasta. The complementary flavors, textures, and intensity of both the dish and the wine are stunning.

Blend: 49% Malbec, 27% Petit Verdot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
A rich, round red with plum, berry, chocolate and walnut character. Lots of cherry flavors. It’s full-bodied with round tannins and a delicious finish. 49% malbec, 27% petit verdot and 24% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck
Based largely on Malbec blended with 27% Petit Verdot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Red Blend Dragon's Tooth offers lots of smoked black fruits, toasty oak, chocolate, and darker, herbal, cedary notes to go with medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. The Petit Verdot becomes more obvious with time in the glass, and this rich, concentrated, yet elegant red blend has plenty to love. It's terrific today with a decant yet should easily evolve for a decade or more.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits

From vines planted in the rockier soils of Trefethen’s estate, this is half malbec, along with petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon. It leads with oak scents, but then the pretty side of malbec comes through with strawberry notes. Warm with tobacco scents in the end, this will yield its pleasures in a steakhouse.

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An estate blend of 49% Malbec, 27% Petit Verdot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon off the winery's Oak Knoll vineyard, the 2018 Dragon's Tooth Red Wine easily marries vanilla and black cherry notes on the nose. In the mouth, it's round and mouthfilling but not that richly textured, turning more tannic on the finish.
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Trefethen Vineyards, California
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Built in 1886, John and Janet Trefethen began restoring what is today the Trefethen winery in 1973. A national historic landmark and the only wooden gravity-flow winery in the Napa Valley, Trefethen is also one of Napa's largest estate wineries, with its 600 acres of vineyards surrounding the winery. The Trefethen family creates Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling as well as limited quantities of Library Selection Chardonnay, Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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