Trefethen 2009 Oak Knoll District Fallow: "Bottled Estate"

2009 Trefethen Oak Oak Knoll District FallowThe French have been rattling on and on for years about their winegrowing concept of “terroir.”  Ostensibly, it means a “sense of place;” whereby you gain a sense about the climate, soil, water, air, sun and just about everything else that helps to grow the grapes in a particular region. While I also believe this to be true and the source of the winemaker phrase “winemaking begins in the vineyard,” I’ve been frustrated by what I’ve viewed as the continued inability to truly bottle the terroir of a special vineyard.  A white Entre-deux-Mers that tastes slightly salty because it’s next to the sea?  Sure, but then a whole lot of other vineyards around the world are near the sea, too!

2009 Trefethen Oak Oak Knoll District Estate FallowWell those frustrations can be tossed aside, as Trefethen Family Vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley has finally answered my call for a bottle of true terroir!  Their new release, the 2009 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Estate Fallow is a field blend from their Fallow vineyard, right there on the Estate!

This wine is a true field blend, made up of the varietals Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon and other trace elements.  It has an almost ghostly quality to it, full of air and sunshine and just makes one think of dancing around in the mustard in a vineyard in Napa right now!  They’re releasing this wine to the public today and you can find out more about it in their video below.  Cheers!

Fallow from Trefethen Family Vineyards on Vimeo.

2009 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Estate Fallow

Below are some links to other great wines that I’ve had in the past from this family estate.  Enjoy!

Trefethen Oak Knoll District Estate Chardonnay 2007

Trefethen Oak Knoll District Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Trefethen Oak Knoll District Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Trefethen Oak Knoll District Estate Dry Riesling 2008

Trefethen Family Vineyards Double T Napa Valley Red Wine 2004

Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Trefethen Vineyards Oak Knoll District Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Trefethen Vineyards Oak Knoll District Estate Cabernet Franc Blend 2001

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Ward Kadel - @drXeNo is the founder of Vinopanion wine blog, former West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for and former Le Wine Buff for (CIVB). He will try any and all wines and tends to write about the parts of his life that include virtually all of it! He and his wife grew up in Napa and Sonoma and they still live in the Napa Valley. Check out the wines he's recommended with his WKBadges. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Like #Vinopanion on Facebook. Contact him: "Ward at". Ward happily accepts samples but does not guarantee a review, positive or negative.


  1. johnsal96
    April 3, 2010

    I would love to try some the open wine consortium

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    December 1, 2011

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