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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


  • 2006


  • 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
    7% Petit Verdot
    4% Merlot
    4% Malbec


  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 76% Hillspring
    24% Main Ranch


  • September 27 – October 28


  • 19 months in 90% French and 10% American Oak


  • 14.8%


  • August-September 2008

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The Vintage

One of the longest growing seasons in our 40 years in Napa Valley began with a New Year’s flood, continued with an unusually cool, wet spring, then segued into a very mild summer punctuated by a record July heat wave. August and September were ideal with morning fog, mild afternoons, and cool, crisp evenings, while October was dominated by unseasonably cool weather which slowed ripening, elongated the harvest and tried our patience!

The Wine

Deep, dark, and delicious. Black cherry, black plum, and fig, along with a tongue-tingling acidity, balance the inherent savory nature of our hillside fruit. Grippy, lip-smacking tannins lead into a peppery finish. And everywhere, there is chocolate. Mmm.

Food Affinities

Brown mole, especially from the master chef of Frontera Grill fame, Rick Bayless, would be the perfect accompaniment to this wine. Also try with fine cuts of beef and lamb, and for the more patient among us – stews.


99 Points
#1 Wine of the Year Cellar Selection
Wine Enthusiast Vintage 2005

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards